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Your guide for D-Day 75

With around 60,000 people expected in Portsmouth & Southsea tomorrow (June 5th), there are a series of planned road closures, changes to public transport and special events being put on to mark the event so we've compiled this handy guide for you.

Driving:

The D-Day 75 Park and Ride will be located at the King George V playing fields in Cosham is free to use on the 5th of June between 7.30am to 8pm with shuttle buses running frequently throughout the day, dropping passengers off in Pier Road near the public event site entrance.

The Portsmouth park-and-ride, at the entrance to the city on the M275, is also running at the cost of £4 per vehicle. A higher frequency of buses will be running for the event, with the last bus back to the park and ride at 7.15pm from the Hard interchange. Shuttle buses for veterans and people with disabilities will be running from The Hard to the public event site, as well as to the National Commemorative Event.

Anyone driving from the west is encouraged to park in Gosport and take the less than 5 minute ferry journey from Gosport to The Hard Interchange at Portsmouth Harbour. Ferries will be running every 7.5 minutes during peak times from 5.30am until midnight. Once at The Hard, it's around a 20 minute walk to the event site.

Parking will be available on Castle Fields from 6-9 June. The car park will cost £10, and is free for veterans and blue badge holders with proof of identification.

Train

The closest train station to the event site is Portsmouth Harbour, which is a 22 minute walk away. Volunteers with high-vis jackets will be located at the Harbour Station and on the walking route to help guide you on your way. Shuttle buses for veterans and people with disabilities will be running from The Hard to the public event site, and to the National Commemorative Event.  

Coach

Regular daily direct coach services run to Portsmouth from London, Bristol, Birmingham, Heathrow and other locations around the country. All these services call at The Hard Interchange by Portsmouth Harbour railway station.

Bus services

The majority of buses will operate a normal service. Only buses that have routes near the events will be affected.

Changes to bus services on the 5th of June

  • Number 6 - changed route will be Museum Road, Kings Road, Grove Road South, Portland Road, Osborne Road, Clarendon Road, The Strand
  • Number 8 - changed route will be Old Portsmouth, Broad Street, then terminates.
  • Number 23 - changed route will be Museum Road, Kings Road, Grove Road South, Portland Road, Osborne Road, Clarendon Road, South Parade Pier
  • HV - changed route will be Hampshire Terrace, Museum Road, High Street Old Portsmouth (to pick up passengers from Hovertravel at Grand Parade), Broad Street

By sea

There are changes being made to the various hovercraft and ferry services. Passengers are being urged to check before they travel to ensure a smooth journey over to Portsmouth.

Hard road closures

There will be road closures that use security barriers to prevent all vehicle access. These are called 'hard road closures' and are designed to stop any vehicles from getting close to the event site. This includes vehicles belonging to people living and working in the area.

Roads affected by hard closures are:

  • Pier Road
  • Gordon Road
  • Pembroke Road at the very eastern end
  • Western Parade
  • Duisburg Way
  • Clarence Parade west of Palmerston Rd
  • Avenue de Caen
  • Auckland Road West between Clarence Parade and the Apsley House
  • Clarence Esplanade
  • Jack Cockerill Way
  • The Dell
  • Long Curtain Road

Roads will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so on Wednesday 5 June, but closures could be in place for the whole day.

There will also be some soft road closures, which are designed to restrict access to the seafront. These will come into place at 7am on Wednesday 5 June. Residents and businesses in roads affected by soft road closures will still be able to gain access and park, but they will have to go through a security checkpoint and may only have access from one end of the road.
Roads with soft closures are:

  • Nightingale Road
  • Shaftesbury Road
  • Ashburton Road
  • Elphinstone Road
  • Serpentine Road
  • Osborne Road
  • Netley Road
  • Auckland Road West between Palmerston Road and the Apsley House

Guideline of events on the 5th of June

7am-1pm: The national commemorative event will begin.

8am: The big screens for the national commemorative event on Southsea Common will open to the public. There will be security checks in place.

12.45pm (approximately): A Royal Navy frigate will fire a naval gun salute followed by a spectacular flypast of up to 25 historic and modern RAF aircraft including the Red Arrows and the iconic spitfire. 

4.15pm: The Red Arrows will return for a breathtaking display above Southsea Common. 

6.25pm (approximately): The Royal british Legion's specially chartered ship, the MV Boudicca, will set sail from Portsmouth International Port, with 300 D-Day veterans, bound for Normandy. HMS St Albans, a Type-23 Royal Navy frigate will escort the MV Boudicca, along with four smaller Royal Navy vessels. Royal Navy ships docked in port will pay their respects, before the ship emerges into the Solent to be met by a flotilla of Royal Navy vessels who will sail past her in salute with sailors lining the decks. Members of the public are being encouraged to come to Southsea seafront and wave off the veterans as they retrace the journey they made in 1944. 

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