Future Southampton

📰 What do think about plans for Royal Pier Waterfront?

    • Red Funnel's Red Ospery in dock

    Red Funnel's Red Ospery in dock - Photo Credit: RPW Limited

The first phase of this project, which will be the largest development on the south coast, requires the relocation and creation of a new facility for Red Funnel Ferries, which presently occupies part of the proposed development site on the waterfront.

The consultation will showcase the proposal for the new Trafalgar Dock and seek the public’s views.  This phase of the project is expected to begin during 2016, subject to the required planning consents.  Red Funnel will create purpose built facilities at their new site, including a larger marshalling yard and café with outdoor seating.

The relocation of Red Funnel from Royal Pier is one of the transformative strategic projects being supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and forms part of the ‘Solent Gateways’ project, which was earmarked for almost £15m LEP funding over the summer.  The funding is subject to approval of a Business Case, which is due to be submitted in December.  Red Funnel will also seek to transform and modernise their terminal facilities in Southampton and East Cowes and invest in the refurbishment of its fleet.

Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: “This is an exciting step forward for this VIP project, the jewel in Southampton’s crown.  Our council and the Isle of Wight Council are working closely together, with other external partners, on this £14.95m project to improve connectivity and journey experience to and from the Isle of Wight, via Southampton, and create two outstanding 'destinations'.”

The creation of a better transport network will enable development opportunities on both sides of the water to come forward by freeing up vital land. It will encourage economic development, create new neighbourhoods and business districts, leisure facilities and retail hubs, create hundreds of new jobs and bolster the tourism industry, as well as improving the customer experience.

Nick Condon, Project Director, RPW (Southampton) Limited, said: “Royal Pier Waterfront, encompassing Mayflower Park, represents an unprecedented opportunity to create an exciting and world-class waterfront development for Southampton, including the extension and re-design of the park.”

The exhibition will also provide an opportunity to view the concept behind the high level master plan for the wider site.  Although no specific detail on this will be available during this consultation period, there will be further consultation in early 2015 on this.

For further details, please see the following websites:


The exhibition material and feedback forms will be available on these websites following the 8th December.  A further round of consultation on detailed proposals for Mayflower Park and Royal Pier will take place spring 2015.