Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton traffic delay warning as cruise ships dock

Drivers in Southampton are advised to avoid parts of the city centre as two cruise ships docking at the same time is expected to cause congestion.

The council said thousands of passengers would be making their way to and from Dock Gate 4 through the ongoing road works at Platform Road.

It is expected to be busiest between 11:00 and 14:00 GMT, with a lot of traffic using the M271.

Anyone planning journeys is urged to use alternative routes.

The council said it was not advising people to stay away from the city centre, but only to avoid the Eastern Docks in the middle of the day.

It said in a statement: "We are doing everything possible to reduce the impact on the road network on the busiest days, although some delays should be expected."

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