Solent Transport

ZIP Bus Priority Corridor


The ZIP Bus Priority Corridor opened for use in November 2008 to provide a priority route for First Bus service 41 between Clanfield and Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.  As well as providing a dedicated bus and cycle-way, the scheme ensures that buses are given priority over other traffic at busy junctions and through the centre of Waterlooville.  

The ZIP route was designed to offer greater transport choice, improve connections with the wider transport network in South Hampshire and provide a high quality alternative to the car.  As a busy transportation corridor, in addition to the people of Portsmouth, the route between Widley and Clanfield impacts in excess of 25,000 people who live, work, shop and go to school or churches along the route.

Bus Priority Provided by Hampshire County Council

The total cost of the enhancements to the corridor between Portsdown Hill and Clanfield was £33.8 million.  £25.1m of this was provided by the Department for Transport, with £8.0m from Hampshire County Council’s capital programme and £0.7 million of developer contributions.  This allowed for significant improvements for bus passengers, cyclists, pedestrians and all road users, including:

  • 16km of ZIP corridor
  • 6.5km bus and cycle lane
  • Improvements to Waterlooville town centre, including dedicated bus and pedestrian 20mph zone
  • Improvements to 65 bus stops – 51 with new shelters
  • 28 bus shelter information screens with real-time bus arrival information
  • CCTV cameras for security and traffic monitoring
  • 11km of renewed road and footway surfaces, surface water drainage improvement and new lighting columns
  • 13km of new cycle routes on and off road
  • Reduced speed limits to aid road safety
  • Better parking facilities at local shops
  • Improvements to forecourts of local shops and churches
  • Extensive areas of trees, shrubs and bedding along the route

Bus Priority Provided by Portsmouth City Council

  • SMS text plates on all 51 bus stops on the route for timetable information
  • All existing bus shelters replaced with high quality bus shelters with extra information boards and shelter location name plates
  • Bus stop raised kerbs installed at all locations
  • New bus lane in Kingston Crescent for the service to gain fast access to the existing southbound bus lane into city centre
  • Reduced speed limits to 20 mph in Queen Street to aid road safety
  • Major improvements which included new infrastructure and road layout at Cosham Interchange near Cosham train station
  • All roads resurfaced and street lighting replaced on the route by Colas under the PFI contract