Strategically located at the centre of the south coast of the United Kingdom, the Solent’s location makes it the UK’s most important gateway to European and global markets. We have direct highway and rail links to London and the manufacturing heartlands in the Midlands and the North, as well as international connections through Southampton Airport.
The Port of Southampton and Solent Gateway Ltd are directly connected to the main rail network, meaning excellent rail access for goods right across the country. Facilities exist for containers, automotive and bulk cargoes.
The Port of Southampton, served by DB Cargo, GB Railfreight and Freightliner, can accommodate 775m trains and is cleared for 9’6” containers. Additional services available at the Port include container lift-on and lift-off, shunting within the port estate, storage, weighing and lifting and lashing.
Southampton Airport is a is an award winning regional airport, well known for its high quality of customer service and is owned by AGS Airports Ltd. Benefitting from fantastic transport links, Southampton Airport is located just off the M27 and M3, and a very short walk to Southampton Airport Parkway train station with connections direct into the centre of London. In 2017 the airport hit its busiest year with two million passengers accessing 35,000 flights to around 40 destinations across the UK and Europe. The airport is shortly about to commence construction works to extend its runway allowing a greater choice of airlines and regional destinations. The airport also handles General Aviation through a separately privately run operation.
Our three ports lie just 20 nautical miles from the world’s busiest shipping route from Shanghai to Rotterdam and have direct routes to over 70 ports around the world.
The Port of Southampton is the UK’s biggest export port, with over £40bn of UK manufactured goods exported from Southampton each year – 90% to destinations outside the EU. 1 million cars pass through the port each year – 60% for export – ensuring Southampton plays a critical part in the supply chain for the British Automotive industry as it seeks to access global markets. Southampton is the UK’s most efficient container port and is the biggest cruise turnaround port in Europe, with over 500 cruise ship calls per year, and handling over 2 million passengers. The Port of Portsmouth sits at the heart of the Maritime defence cluster, anchored by Her Majesty’s Naval Base, which is the Home of the Royal Navy. Portsmouth International Port – the UK’s most successful municipal port, provides important freight and passenger routes across the channel to more European destinations than any other UK Port, and has a growing and complementary cruise sector.