When the roads were first numbered in 1922, the numbers A289-A299 were not allocated, zone 2 being a rather small one. One rather suspects that the A288 number was allocated to this road just for the hell of it, because it's right on the edge of the zone and takes quite a circuitous route.
Hilsea - Southsea
A288 starts at a small 'teardrop' junction with the A3, about 200 yards after the A3/A27/M27 junction which artificially connects Portsmouth to the mainland. It then has a small one way loop where the A2047 branches off, taking the London Road status. From here, the A288 starts its journey in to the centre of Portsmouth. Its main length, running through Hilsea and Copnor, is called Copnor Road, and I know it well because I often used to stay with relatives there. It's flanked on both sides by rather dreary suburban houses for much of its length. I used to find it rather depressing.
Half way down the road splits to become two S1 roads with parallel parking, just to make things a bit more interesting. It continues down past St Mary's Hospital, the ground of Portsmouth FC at Fratton Park and meets the A2030 at a former roundabout junction (now signalised crossroads). The A2030 stays with us for a short distance, as we continue to the far end of Portsea Island (the island on which Portsmouth is built).
At Southsea seafront it starts heading west, before turning inland again and becoming primary outside Southsea Common. The road splits here (it has taken on the whole route of the former A2011). It heads south to Clarence Pier and also heads north for a short distance and finishes at another one way loop with two roads we should know well by now - the A3 and A2030.
Original Author(s): Guy Barry