The new Hard interchange is opening to the public for the first time this weekend. The terminal building will open this Sunday (7 May 2017) with the following facilities available:
- First Travel Centre for tickets bus and National Express information
- Portsmouth Visitor Information Centre including Waterfront Gifts
- Toilets and seating areas
The widened Portsmouth Harbour station side route will also reopen on this date.
From Sunday 14 May First Bus, Stagecoach, National Express, Mega Bus and Park & Ride will start using the 10 bus bays all with real-time information screens.
Work will continues on the new 12 vehicle taxi rank with covered taxi shelter and toilet facilities that will become operational in a few weeks.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth’s Labour Leader, said:
“The Hard Interchange project is exactly what this city needs much more of. Investment in our great city to create new jobs, attract new businesses and strengthen the local economy.
Creating the new transport interchange is a step in the right direction but we must see more effort made in regenerating our city so that every part of Portsmouth reaches its full potential”.
Cllr Morgan has shown a keen interest in the development at The Hard making a number of visits to the site to ensure the impact of the works on the local community and businesses were well-managed.
The new interchange will better link buses, trains and ferries; make the site easier to navigate; enable pedestrians and cyclists to share the space more safely and make the area more welcoming.