Port terminal works are a step closer to finishing

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MULTI-MILLION pound works to improve Portsmouth International Port are one step closer to being completed.

Engineers have just built a canopy at the back of the new terminal building, which was opened in April as part of a £16.5m improvement programme.

It could only be put up after the old terminal, which served the port for 30 years despite being a ‘temporary’ building, was demolished.

The canopy provides a dry space for cruise passengers’ luggage to be kept in before they embark on their cruise, or when they return.

It’ll also keep them dry when they’re getting on and off the cruise ships that are increasingly using the port as their beginning and end destinations, as well as a port of call.

Martin Putman, the port’s manager, said: ‘Despite the terminal building being opened earlier in the year to great acclaim, work has continued to further improve passengers’ experience.

‘The new canopy will make a huge difference to those passengers not travelling by car, another example of how attention to detail through excellent design has made the port an attractive and enjoyable place to travel through.’

Other improvements to the port include new access roads, improved bus services, a dedicated bus lane and new illuminated signs to tell passengers where they need to go.

The new terminal was officially opened by Business Secretary Vince Cable in May, after it had been open to the public for a month.

It is one of the most environmentally-friendly public spaces in the country, with technology such as using thermal energy from the sea and wind catchers on the roof to heat and vent the terminal.