Sustainable Travel

Air pollution is the biggest environmental killer in the UK, so it’s vital for us to take steps to make the air we breathe cleaner for everyone. Portsmouth City Council are working hard to improve air quality in the city, but cannot do this alone.

In the UK 91% of all transport emissions comes from road transport*, with the biggest contributors to this being cars and taxis. As individuals, we each have a responsibility to change how we live on a day to day basis to reduce the further onset of dangerous climate change. We can all play our part together and then many small changes will multiply into a large contribution.

*Official Statistics from the autumn 2021 transport and environment report published 19 October 2021

Sustainable Travel Options

There are many ways cleaner, greener ways to travel around the city, so why not leave the car at home and try;


Small swaps for big impact

Did you know that a diesel car driving 14.8 miles from Portsmouth to Gosport emits 5.88kgs of CO2 emissions, whereas one Gosport ferry crossing emits only 9.32kgs and can carry 300 passengers? [Source]

Cost efficient active/public transport

Many public transport and active travel options offer discounted travel for a range of people.

Cyclescheme – Save on the tax and National Insurance on a brand-new bicycle through your employer and pay in monthly instalments

National Express – 1/3 off tickets for 16–26 year olds with a Young Persons Coachcard, for those over 60 with our Senior Coachcard, and disabled persons with a Disabled Coachcard

National Rail – 1/3 off tickets through a variety of railcards for 16-25 year olds, 26-30 year olds, the over 60s, disabled persons, Veterans, two people traveling together, family and friends and members of HM Forces

Stagecoach – 50% off single and return bus rides for those on Job Seekers Allowance, free travel for over 60s and those with certain disabilities,  and up to 40% off unlimited tickets for college or university students

Voi escooters – 50% off for Veterans, NHS staff, emergency service workers, members of HM Forces, those in low-income groups and 20% of for students here

Beryl bikeshare – free rental and rides for NHS staff when registering using your NHS email address

If you do need to drive, consider;