Marchwood Port is in an optimum location with the opportunity for goods to be transported to and from the site by sea, rail or road. We will be working to ensure the most sustainable methods of transportation are maximised wherever possible.


Marchwood Port has direct access to the Southampton Shipping Lanes and out to international waters. This allows vessels of up to 240m to dock at the port to load or unload their cargo.

The site is licensed to handle ammunition and explosives, so it can support the safe and secure transport of military supplies through the port.

The berthing opportunities at the port are currently being significantly under-utilised and we are proposing to increase this use to accommodate two vessels docking on average per day.

The port can support Roll On Roll Off (RoRo), which are ships designed to carry wheeled cargo such as cars, trucks and trailers, as well as Load On Load Off (LoLo), which uses port cranes and geared vessels.

We plan to utilise new cranes on the quayside that will enhance the efficiency and capability of the operations, with cargo being offloaded from ships and placed directly onto rail or HGVs for onward transport.


The rail connection runs through the port to the quayside, which means that cargo can be transferred directly from ship to rail and then moved to other parts of the site for storage or onwards on its rail journey via the national rail network.

The rail line connects onto the mainline through the Marchwood loop. It currently has three paths reserved in the working timetable although these are not fully utilised. There is an opportunity to apply for additional capacity on the rail network if required.

The proposals seek to prioritise the use of sea and rail over road.

Cargo can be easily loaded onto rail for onward transport

Consideration will also be given to the potential impact on the crossings at Marchwood and Totton. We are also awaiting the results of the Waterside Passenger Railway Feasibility Study.

New secure entrance from Cracknore Hard


Marchwood Port is accessed via Cracknore Hard and a new entrance will be created as part of the proposals. This will include:

  • a pass holder lane for more efficient processing of vehicles to eliminate queuing on Cracknore Hard associated with the port.
  • additional lanes into the site.
  • a new access control system.
  • additional lay-by areas to allow vehicle processing without blocking the highway.
  • a covered area with booths for security personnel and better segregation of pedestrians and vehicles.

We are currently looking at the potential traffic movements generated by the increased use of the port. We will be considering the impact on local roads such as Cracknore Hard, Normandy Way, Bury Road, Jacobs Gutter Lane.

We will also look at the wider traffic network including the A326, A35, M271 and M27. We are aware that there are other new developments proposed locally and we will need to look at the cumulative impact on highways within that wider context. A Traffic Impact Assessment, which will be submitted as part of the planning application, will consider the results of studies being undertaken and identify appropriate mitigation.

We are especially aware of the importance of Marchwood Village and the safety of those walking, cycling and driving around the village, especially around the Infant and Junior schools.

As such, we are proposing a signed route between the port and the strategic road network that diverts and manages traffic around Marchwood Village.