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AN EXTRA boat will be laid on to meet demand for the new park-and-sail service running in Portsmouth.

The service, run by Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth International Port and Gunwharf Quays, attracted more than 1,400 passengers in total in its first two weekends.

The council has said that the 70-seat boat would sail alongside the existing 100-seater.

It would allow more room for passengers.

The park-and-sail scheme is aimed at reducing congestion in and around the city.

In June, the council apologised after roadworks carried out by Colas on the M275 caused gridlock and forced some drivers to abandon their cars in hot weather.

The new service allows visitors to Portsmouth Harbour to park at a multi-storey car park off the M275 at Portsmouth International Port.

A shuttle bus then takes them to a waiting boat.

The 25-minute boat trip passes the Royal Navy ships before arriving underneath the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays.

The service, costing £5 per vehicle, began on July 27 and is set to end on August 26.

The scheme is part of the My Journey Portsmouth scheme.

It’s aimed at getting people to use their cars less.