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A NEW canopy that covers all of the vehicle check-in booths at Portsmouth International Port will open in time for the Easter weekend holiday rush.

It is the latest in a series of improvements to passenger facilities and will ensure whatever the weather, departing passengers will stay dry.

The canopy covers Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Condor Ferries check-in booths.

The work cost £400,000 to complete and was started in November.

Gosport building firm SGC has helped deliver the project on time and on budget, despite the storm force conditions construction crews had to work in.

Kalvin Baugh, deputy port manager, said: ‘The high rain fall since Christmas was certainly a good test of the new canopy, and a reminder of why it is needed.

‘Through careful investment, we’ve been continually improving passenger facilities and the canopy is a useful and impressive addition standing next to our award winning new terminal building.’

The canopy also includes lighting for booths, which shows when each lane is open and closed.

Portsmouth International Port is owned and operated by Portsmouth City Council.