How Portsmouth Might Have Been

Via comes this short article showing off the road plans for Portsmouth in the 1970s discovered while searching for references to famous Pompey landmark, the Johnson & Johnson Roundabout (not a roundabout; no Johnson & Johnson building; but those of us of a certain age know where it is). For me, at least, it’s quite weird to see what might have been, especially the route the Eastern Road would have taken all the way into the city centre.

The northern part of the Eastern Road was to be upgraded to full dual carriageway with flyovers. The southern part was to follow a completely different line that would have linked up with Winston Churchill Avenue. Departing from the old road just south of Portsmouth College, it would have hugged the coast, crossing open space that is now the University‚Äôs Langstone campus before turning in and following a line along the old canal just off Locksway Road. […] The road would then have continued broadly along the line of Goldsmith Avenue. It is because of the safeguarding of this route that some of the industrial units around Fratton station remain to this day.

Clicking the image below will load a very high resolution image of the plan (over 7MB in size; you have been warned) or you can head along to Luke’s site via the link above to see a few close crops of areas of interest as well as some write-ups of the seventies’ proposed road plans for Portsmouth.


Author: Mark

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  1. Thought this link might be of interest to the former Land Registry mob of Mat Charlton, Gail Sweeney, and Andy Turton. Ignore the main link which is just my plugging of the source and go here – – there’s a link to the full image on that site which is LARGE. Those of you in the hinterlands may have issues with it but it’s still a good read as to how Portsmouth might have looked if only there’d been more money and fewer people concerned about having a motorway pass over or through their homes.

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  2. Bloody hell! I like the linked connectivity of it all and would be a hell of an easier trip round Portsmouth.

    However, look closer – the Artillery Arms and the Old Oyster House probably wouldn’t have survived it so for those boozey reasons alone, I’m relatively happy it didn’t happen!

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