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Buildings make way for cargo at busy Southampton

[ November 15, 2019   //   ]

The Port of Southampton has started demolition of a longstanding landmark to make room for more cargo.

The former Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) building, a prominent feature of the skyline, is being taken down along with a dry goods storage shed in the Eastern Docks as part of a £4.3 million project, part of an ongoing programme of investment in infrastructure and quayside facilities.

Once the work is complete, the largest car carriers in the world will be able to berth in the newly created space. Southampton is the UK’s number one export port and primary automotive port, handling 900,000 cars every year.

The space generated will also play a critical role in the movement and trade of high and heavy cargo – typically exports of farm, construction or specialist machinery and vehicles.

Regional director for Southampton Alastair Welch said: “Continued investment around the port is essential and ensures that we stay one step ahead of adapting to our customers’ growing and changing needs.”