A carbon neutral Portsmouth would require a public transport system that was affordable, green, easy to use and reliable.

Portsmouth now

  • 70,000
    Number of people who commute in and out of Portsmouth every work day
  • 51
    Average number of bus journeys per person per year in Portsmouth

    Southampton has 81, Reading has 137 and Brighton has 179.

  • 4th=
    Most congested city in England (outside London)

Portsmouth transformed

There are many ways to improve and green our public transport sector. Here are a few other places have tried:

Workplace Parking Levy (WPL)

A Workplace Parking Levy raises revenue which has to be spent on improving public transport and active travel measures. Nottingham began a WPL in 2012 and has seen a multitude of commercial and social benefits emerge. Read more

Making buses affordable

The low waged, unemployed, disabled and OAPs use buses more than anyone else. A well-functioning and affordable bus system is therefore vital to reduce social and economic exclusion. Dunkirk have been leading the field. Read more

Switching diesel buses to electric

Buses are a particularly important part of the UK’s travel network, carrying more passengers and accounting for more journeys than any other form of public transport. Yet currently only 6% of UK buses are low emission. Read more

Making travel easy

The easier and cheaper it is to buy a ticket and use it interchangeably on bus, tram, or train the more people will be drawn to swap their car for public transport. Munich is an exemplar. Read more

Taking buses back under public control

The mid-1980s bus deregulation was supposed to improve services, but in most places fares have risen and services worsened. Reading’s buses remain publicly owned, enabling it to buck this trend. Portsmouth could too. Read more

What you can do

  1. Join the local Car Club

    Instead of owning a vehicle why not use one as and when you need? Each car club vehicle takes an average of six private cars off the road: which eases congestion thus speeding up bus journey times. Be sure to use the Promo Code: 'PORTSMOUTH10' to get the first year's membership for £10 rather than £60.

  2. Employer travel plans

    If you are a major employer, consider implementing Travel Plans to reduce the number of your staff that travel to work by car alone. These help to cut congestion, relieve parking pressure, aid staff retention and save money on maintaining parking spaces. Check out this page for guidance.

  3. Measure the air quality outside your front door

    The more informed we are about the impacts of traffic fumes, the more likely we will push and vote for change, and make changes in our own life. This amazing website, developed by Imperial College London, allows you to put in your postcode and find out the air quality outside your front door.

  4. Support local campaign groups

    Let Pompey Breathe is a joint campaign involving Portsmouth Green Party, Portsmouth Friends of the Earth, Milton Neighbourhood Forum, and other groups concerned with the dangerous air quality locally. Their blog is a valuable source of information on transport issues.

  5. Find out more about Free Public Transport

    This Facebook page and website gives details of free public transport schemes in cities across the world.

  6. Engage with the Council Transport Strategy

    Portsmouth City Council has put together a Draft Transport Strategy to improve public transport and make our city less congested, polluted and dangerous. You can read it here.