The Portsmouth city region is set to receive almost £56 million in Government funding to transform its transport hubs.
The funding, from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), will go towards a range of local projects including the relocation of Gosport bus station and taxi rank, and the development of new and upgraded walking and cycling routes.
The Ryde transport hub in the Isle of Wight will benefit from new links for cycling and walking and the realignment of the current bus interchange, which will mean shorter journeys for both tourists and residents.
Portsmouth City Council has also proposed using the money to build new bus lanes and bus links around Portsmouth itself, enhancing vital connections for those that use the network.
Transport Minister, Baroness Vere said: “This money will make a real difference to the everyday lives of Portsmouth and South East Hampshire residents.
“The Transforming Cities Fund allows cities across the UK to enhance their local transport networks, opening up access to jobs and services.”
The TCF was set up to build on transport links and boost local economies within city regions, and the Government hopes the funding package will help Portsmouth and South East Hampshire bounce back from the economic impact of coronavirus.
The £56m package follows a previous grant of £4m awarded to Portsmouth City Council last year.