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Great voyages start here

Great voyages start here

Celebrating 40 years of ferry passenger travel

In the early 1970s, ferry companies approached Portsmouth City Council to encourage them to construct a ferry port. They were looking to cut an hour off the time crossing the channel from Southampton to France and Spain.

The current location at the end of the newly constructed M275 was chosen.

Since the Port opened in 1976 Portsmouth Inernational Port has accrued an impressive number of ferry crossings and passengers journeys.

The infographic explains this in a simple format:

To celebrate the 40th anniversary in June there is a display of the evolution of the port and highlighting the year of 1976 which will be running over the summer in the terminal. This is a free and fun display open to all passengers and public visitors.

Normally, of course, vehicles at Portsmouth International Port are driven directly onto a ferry, but staff are preparing to bring one special car into the passenger terminal itself - as a centre piece of the Port’s 40th birthday celebrations.

The British classic car will be in the terminal for the summer season, as passengers and visitors learn more about how the Port has grown during the last four decades.

On 1 June the port opened the display and you can see a short video of the event here

Solent TV also produced a video for broadcast see here

Scroll down for more photos of the 40th anniversary celebrations in the terminal.

A magical look at the 1970s ferry holiday

Cake cutting with Donna Jones - Leader of the Council, Martin Putman - Port Manager and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr David Fuller

Joint celebrations with Brittany Ferries

On board Bretagne celebrations continue

On Friday 17 June 2016, 40 years to the day that passenger ferry travel started from the Port, BBC Radio Solent held an outside broadcast from the terminal building. Julian Clegg hosted the breakfast show from there and interviewed many people past and present about the evolution of ferry travel from Portsmouth. In the afternoon the Port held its own staff celebrations with a beautifully decorated cake, and it was cut in ceremionial style by Port Manager Martin Putman.

Julian Clegg with students from Highbury College and lecturer Vanessa Cooter

Julian Clegg interviews Phil Gadd and Roy Tutt

 In the afternoon the Port held its own staff celebrations with a beautifully decorated cake, and it was cut in ceremionial style by Port Manager Martin Putman.

Port management and a celebration of 40 years

Finance Director Mark Willcox and Port Manager Martin Putman at the cake stand

Martin Putman cuts the cake with staff, past and present