A NEW travel initiative hopes to reduce congestion going in and out of Gosport at peak times.
Gosport Borough Council has joined forces with the Gosport Ferry to offer a ‘park and float’ ticket to encourage more people to get the ferry to and from Portsmouth rather than drive.
The new ticket, which is being introduced on Saturday, will allow people to park all day in Gosport and get the ferry to Portsmouth for £89 a month.
At the moment it costs up to £5 a day to park in Gosport’s long-stay car parks.
A ferry crossing is either £3.10 for an adult return or £14.50 for 10 trips.
It means that passengers who use the ticket every day will spend less than £3 a day.
And those who use it five days a week for commuting will still see their parking and ferry ride costs reduced by £3 a day with the option to also park and float at weekends.
Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘We are pleased to be working with Gosport Ferry Company to help reduce commuting on the A32.
‘The park and float monthly ticket will save time and money for those commuting and will be available to use at weekends.
‘This means users can park in Gosport’s long stay car parks and shop locally.
‘Using a park and float ticket reduces the cost of parking to less than £1.70 per day if used six days a week offering excellent value for money.’
The park and float ferry ticket will be valid on all crossings during the week and weekends.
It allows the user to park in all long-stay car parks in the town, except Mumby Road Bus Station car park.
Gosport Ferry finance director, Chris Waters said the new ticket offers a good deal for local commuters, especially those who live outside the town centre and need a car to reach the ferry terminal.
He said: ‘The park and float provides a cost-effective, quick and convenient alternative to driving from Gosport to Portsmouth each day, as well a significant discount for passengers currently paying separately for ferry travel and parking on a daily basis.
‘It is also good news for people who park in Gosport to catch the ferry and continue their commute by train or bus from Portsmouth Harbour.’
Park and float tickets will be available to buy from Saturday at the Gosport Ferry ticket office.