Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

Portsmouth International Port is essential for transporting freight quickly to ports in northern France, Spain and the Channel Islands.

The port is currently ready and able to handle additional trade.

If there is a no-deal exit, a co-ordinated plan is being developed through Hampshire & Isle of Wight's Local Resilience Forum to control the flow of commercial traffic. This includes areas where hauliers travelling to the port can have documents checked and we are preparing land in west Tipner to use for this.

Work is also being done in Winchester to set up an area for holding freight vehicles going to Portsmouth International Port. It will be set up on a 5km stretch of the A31 dual carriageway, between Winchester and Alresford.

You can find more information about the A31 checkpoint on Hampshire County Council's page

In a no-deal situation, please can both passengers and hauliers follow these simple steps to prevent cancellations and delays to travel plans:

  • Only travel to the port if you have a valid booking on a sailing from Portsmouth.
  • Arrive on time, if you arrive too early this could cause congestion.
  • Check that you have made the necessary preparations to be able to drive in the EU in a no-deal scenario. More information is available on the Gov.Uk website
  • Check that you have at least six months left on your passport from the expiry date if you are due to travel soon.
  • Check our Twitter account for the latest updates.

People travelling from Portsmouth International Port can find more information on what they will need to do on the port's website.

More information

More information of preparations for exiting the EU can be found on the exiting the EU page.