Portsmouth's first park-and-sail scheme launches

Park-and-sail boat It is hoped the new boat service will help reduce congestion on the city's roads

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The first park-and-sail scheme in Portsmouth has launched in a bid to reduce congestion on the city's roads and boost visitor numbers.

Shoppers can now park at Portsmouth International Port off the M275 and take a shuttle bus to a waiting boat.

Passengers will pass Royal Navy ships and working docks before sailing into Gunwharf Quays on the 25-minute trip.

The scheme comes after thousands of drivers were caught in gridlock on the M275 during roadworks last month.

Contractors Colas and the city council apologised after thousands of drivers were caught in traffic jams on the stretch at the end of June.

City councillor Jason Fazackarley hopes the service will reduce traffic congestion, attract more visitors and improve links between the M27, Portsmouth International Port and Gunwharf Quays.

A team of four trained travel advisors were on-hand to help passengers at Portsmouth International Port and Gunwharf Quays as the service launched at 10am today.

The service costs £5 per vehicle and will run from 10:00 BST to 18:30 BST on weekends and bank holidays until 26 August.

It is being run by Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth International Port and Gunwharf Quays.

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