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The Hard Interchange

November 7, 2019

The Hard Interchange, Portsmouth’s re-vamped transport hub, opened to the public in May 2017. 

The Hard is hugely important to Portsmouth as a transport interchange. It is a site where bus, train and ferry services come together and for many people it is the first thing they see when arriving in the city.

The old interchange was not suitable for modern transport requirements. By redesigning the site layout we could make much better use of the space and make it safer for all people using the area. The concrete deck and supporting structure also need maintenance work.  Leading architects AHR worked with us and the various transport operators to ensure the new interchange met everyone’s needs.

Public transport providers Stagecoach, FirstBus, National Express, Park and Ride and Mega Bus operate from the hub and between them facilitate over 600 bus and coach departures each day. A staggering four million ferry passengers and two million rail passengers travel through the interchange each year, and over 1.6 million bus and coach passengers have benefited from the state of the art terminal.

The new iconic terminal building serves as a modern gateway to the city. Complete with a gift shop, a visitor information centre, refreshment facilities and fantastic views of some of Portsmouth’s finest tourist attractions, the hub now offers an improved environment for passengers.

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