New tram system to boost Hampshire public transport

A new £190 million tram system for South Hampshire which was given the green light on 8 May will give a boost to the region’s public transport, and help to cut congestion.

The nine mile long network will run from Fareham to Portsmouth, with a new tunnel running under Portsmouth Harbour, and is the first phase of proposals for improving public transport in the area through an integrated network of light rail, heavy rail and bus services.

“This light rail scheme will reduce traffic congestion, improve access to the Gosport and Portsmouth peninsulas, and boost the regeneration of those areas,” said Transport Minister Keith Hill. “The project will be a good example of the accessible, integrated and environmentally sound light rail systems which we promised in our 10 year plan for transport.”

The tram system will run along a disused railway corridor for much of the route between Fareham and Gosport, and will be street-running in the town centres of Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth.

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