Portsmouth park and sail scheme to Gunwharf Quays sees boost in visitor numbers

The Portsmouth park and sail scheme has seen a boost in visitor numbers
The Portsmouth park and sail scheme has seen a boost in visitor numbers
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PORTSMOUTH’S park and sail scheme has been used by more than 1,400 visitors during its first two weekends of operation this summer.

Shoppers using the service get a bus to the ferry port before going on a boat to Gunwharf Quays.

It’s an improvement on last year’s figures, with more than 50 per cent more passengers using the service on its opening day.

And organisers expect it to increase in popularity as the warm weather continues.

Marc Griffin, Portsmouth City Council’s assistant head of service for transport, said: ‘We are very pleased with the launch of this year’s park and sail with lots of happy, smiling customers enjoying their trip.

‘It’s a fantastic addition to a day out.

‘All the feedback we’ve had so far has been unwaveringly positive and I’ve no doubt it will become more and more popular as the summer goes on.’

After parking at the new park and ride, located on the M275 entrance to the city, customers are taken to Portsmouth International Port before undertaking a 25-minute boat trip to Gunwharf.

The journey includes a harbour tour with commentary and takes in views of naval ships and the Historic Dockyard.

The service runs every Saturday and Sunday for the next three weekends, with its final day of operation coming on bank holiday Monday, August, 25.

It costs £6, which includes the cost of parking all day and the return boat trip for everyone in their car.

Customers also have the option of making their return journey by park and ride bus.

Nearly 4,000 passengers used the service last year with extra boat capacity in place this summer in anticipation of its popularity.

The park and sail scheme is run by Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth International Port and Gunwharf Quays, and its aim is to reduce congestion in the city during the busy summer holidays.