Plans announced to improve Wightlink ferry terminals in Portsmouth and on Isle of Wight

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WIGHTLINK Ferries has submitted planning applications for improvements to its terminals.

It’s in support of the company’s proposed investment in a new ship for the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route in 2017.

The £45 million investment will be the largest-ever made by the cross-Solent ferry operator.

Earlier this year, hundreds of Wightlink customers, stakeholders and neighbours on both side of the Solent took part in a major consultation on the plans for a new car ferry, along with improvements to the existing terminals at Portsmouth and Fishbourne including facilities for double deck loading to improve the efficiency and resilience of the ferry service.

More than 500 individuals and organisations gave their views to senior managers at community meetings and drop-in events.

Most respondents welcomed the proposed investment, with particular mention made of plans to increase vessel capacity and reliability of the service and cut congestion for passengers.

Isle of Wight Council and Portsmouth City Council will now both hold statutory consultations about the proposals, which are expected to come before councillors for decision early next year.

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