New Southampton cruise terminal part of £15m plan to boost region's economy

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A fifth cruise terminal could be built in Southampton, as part of a £15.9 million plan to boost the city's economy.

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership plans to invest in several different projects to help the city recover following the pandemic.

The funding is part of the Government's 'Getting Building Fund' to finance projects to help bring forward more investment which will drive local economic growth.

The new terminal won't just be a place for passengers to get on, it's an iconic building, and it's important when people go on cruises and see places that we have an iconic port, we don't have somewhere that feels like an old container port converted for cruises. We want to make it a world class facility, so Southampton remains the northern Europe cruise port.

Brian Johnson, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

The proposals, which also include projects on the Isle of Wight, Fawley and in Portsmouth, will create 730 jobs, with a further 3,630 jobs in construction as well as the development of 1,560 houses and more commercial space.

Plans also include the creation of more than 10 acres of public green space improvements.

It is critical for the region that we support it to be competitive on a global stage, in order that the Solent remains a destination of choice in coming years.

Anne-Marie Mountifield, Chief Executive and Board Director, Solent LEP

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