Fireworks display for cruise ships

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Shipping & Heritage Reporter

A sparkling firework display will light up the night sky over Southampton as six cruise ships leave the port heading for the far corners of the globe today.

Scheduled to begin at 6pm the fireworks will take place off the city's Eastern Docks as Cunard's Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, expected to be joined by P&O Cruises' Arcadia, departure on a series of long distance voyages.

For the first time in more than 50 years, the port of Southampton is playing host to a total of six luxury cruise ships, which also include Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Balmoral and Black Watch, and Saga Cruises' vessel, Saga Ruby.

Almost 20,000 people crossed Southampton's docksides during the day as they disembarked the ships, and then later in the another full capacity of passengers joined the vessels before they departed.

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1:13pm Wed 5 Jan 11

sotonbusdriver says...

Although all very nice to have 6 cruise liners in Southampton at any one time.
The pressures on the local roads and transport infrastructures is beyond a joke.
Southampton roads around the port area and Ocean Village is busy enough during rush-hour leading to gridlock, without the additional pressure of so many supplies and passengers being ferried to and from the liners.
A nice earner for the local community I don't argue, but better organisation, and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads.
Although all very nice to have 6 cruise liners in Southampton at any one time. The pressures on the local roads and transport infrastructures is beyond a joke. Southampton roads around the port area and Ocean Village is busy enough during rush-hour leading to gridlock, without the additional pressure of so many supplies and passengers being ferried to and from the liners. A nice earner for the local community I don't argue, but better organisation, and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads. sotonbusdriver
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1:18pm Wed 5 Jan 11

freefinker says...

.. "the far corners of the globe"???
.. is southy the Echo's new science advisor?
.. "the far corners of the globe"??? .. is southy the Echo's new science advisor? freefinker
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4:10pm Wed 5 Jan 11

espanuel says...

WHO IS PAYING FOR THE FIREWORKS? Is it SCC/
WHO IS PAYING FOR THE FIREWORKS? Is it SCC/ espanuel
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4:17pm Wed 5 Jan 11

Old Man of the Sea says...

Fireworks are paid for by the Cruise Line Companies - no doubt passed on to the passengers inside their fares.
Fireworks are paid for by the Cruise Line Companies - no doubt passed on to the passengers inside their fares. Old Man of the Sea
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4:24pm Wed 5 Jan 11

D.a.v.e says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
Although all very nice to have 6 cruise liners in Southampton at any one time. The pressures on the local roads and transport infrastructures is beyond a joke. Southampton roads around the port area and Ocean Village is busy enough during rush-hour leading to gridlock, without the additional pressure of so many supplies and passengers being ferried to and from the liners. A nice earner for the local community I don't argue, but better organisation, and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads.
"and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads."

For example: remove all bus lanes to ease conjestion? Too simple.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Although all very nice to have 6 cruise liners in Southampton at any one time. The pressures on the local roads and transport infrastructures is beyond a joke. Southampton roads around the port area and Ocean Village is busy enough during rush-hour leading to gridlock, without the additional pressure of so many supplies and passengers being ferried to and from the liners. A nice earner for the local community I don't argue, but better organisation, and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads.[/p][/quote]"and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads." For example: remove all bus lanes to ease conjestion? Too simple. D.a.v.e
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6:00pm Wed 5 Jan 11

focus19 says...

D.a.v.e wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
Although all very nice to have 6 cruise liners in Southampton at any one time. The pressures on the local roads and transport infrastructures is beyond a joke. Southampton roads around the port area and Ocean Village is busy enough during rush-hour leading to gridlock, without the additional pressure of so many supplies and passengers being ferried to and from the liners. A nice earner for the local community I don't argue, but better organisation, and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads.
"and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads."

For example: remove all bus lanes to ease conjestion? Too simple.
We need MORE Bus Lanes and less car's in The city centre . Southampton City Centre ground to halt on the run up to Christmas with people queuing to get into car parks. (Station Hill & Poartland terrace) If we had a decent Park and Ride and a Descent travel interchange/Bus Station more people would use the Bus. The Council should Fine vehicles for using/Parking in Pedestrian zones and bus lanes e.g above Bar next to Solent University. The Council could then use the money to fund Public transport that's too SIMPLE!! too many cars with just one person in. Not saying all car drivers are to blame but there has been a big increase in drivers doing so lately.
[quote][p][bold]D.a.v.e[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Although all very nice to have 6 cruise liners in Southampton at any one time. The pressures on the local roads and transport infrastructures is beyond a joke. Southampton roads around the port area and Ocean Village is busy enough during rush-hour leading to gridlock, without the additional pressure of so many supplies and passengers being ferried to and from the liners. A nice earner for the local community I don't argue, but better organisation, and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads.[/p][/quote]"and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads." For example: remove all bus lanes to ease conjestion? Too simple.[/p][/quote]We need MORE Bus Lanes and less car's in The city centre . Southampton City Centre ground to halt on the run up to Christmas with people queuing to get into car parks. (Station Hill & Poartland terrace) If we had a decent Park and Ride and a Descent travel interchange/Bus Station more people would use the Bus. The Council should Fine vehicles for using/Parking in Pedestrian zones and bus lanes e.g above Bar next to Solent University. The Council could then use the money to fund Public transport that's too SIMPLE!! too many cars with just one person in. Not saying all car drivers are to blame but there has been a big increase in drivers doing so lately. focus19
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6:05pm Wed 5 Jan 11

G0Rf says...

the roads cant cope, if the roads cant cope then the cruise liners will go else where.


1st idea is sort the road markings on the redbridge road heading towards the m271.

that causes long tail backs when people try cut into the lanes too late

anyone got any more ideas?
the roads cant cope, if the roads cant cope then the cruise liners will go else where. 1st idea is sort the road markings on the redbridge road heading towards the m271. that causes long tail backs when people try cut into the lanes too late anyone got any more ideas? G0Rf
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7:49pm Wed 5 Jan 11

D.a.v.e says...

focus19 wrote:
D.a.v.e wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote: Although all very nice to have 6 cruise liners in Southampton at any one time. The pressures on the local roads and transport infrastructures is beyond a joke. Southampton roads around the port area and Ocean Village is busy enough during rush-hour leading to gridlock, without the additional pressure of so many supplies and passengers being ferried to and from the liners. A nice earner for the local community I don't argue, but better organisation, and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads.
"and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads." For example: remove all bus lanes to ease conjestion? Too simple.
We need MORE Bus Lanes and less car's in The city centre . Southampton City Centre ground to halt on the run up to Christmas with people queuing to get into car parks. (Station Hill & Poartland terrace) If we had a decent Park and Ride and a Descent travel interchange/Bus Station more people would use the Bus. The Council should Fine vehicles for using/Parking in Pedestrian zones and bus lanes e.g above Bar next to Solent University. The Council could then use the money to fund Public transport that's too SIMPLE!! too many cars with just one person in. Not saying all car drivers are to blame but there has been a big increase in drivers doing so lately.
The fact is that our City Centre already favours a more than adequate bus service. Despite being the minority transport on our roads, buses are given the advantage to move about our city ahead of, not only cars, as you single out, but those going about their business or delivering to our stores.
In my opinion every vehicle, or those that are legal has an equal right to use the road irrespective of the amount travelling in or on it.
However this is not the case, so should it not only be fair to make better use of the remaining roadspace and share it fairly and without priority?
The bottlenecks today around the Docks and Ocean Village may have been avoided had the bus lanes been available to all road users instead of funneling all others into a single lane.
Look what happened to the traffic flow on the M4 when the bus lane appeared.
[quote][p][bold]focus19[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.a.v.e[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: Although all very nice to have 6 cruise liners in Southampton at any one time. The pressures on the local roads and transport infrastructures is beyond a joke. Southampton roads around the port area and Ocean Village is busy enough during rush-hour leading to gridlock, without the additional pressure of so many supplies and passengers being ferried to and from the liners. A nice earner for the local community I don't argue, but better organisation, and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads.[/p][/quote]"and planning needs to be sorted to stop it affecting the local roads." For example: remove all bus lanes to ease conjestion? Too simple.[/p][/quote]We need MORE Bus Lanes and less car's in The city centre . Southampton City Centre ground to halt on the run up to Christmas with people queuing to get into car parks. (Station Hill & Poartland terrace) If we had a decent Park and Ride and a Descent travel interchange/Bus Station more people would use the Bus. The Council should Fine vehicles for using/Parking in Pedestrian zones and bus lanes e.g above Bar next to Solent University. The Council could then use the money to fund Public transport that's too SIMPLE!! too many cars with just one person in. Not saying all car drivers are to blame but there has been a big increase in drivers doing so lately.[/p][/quote]The fact is that our City Centre already favours a more than adequate bus service. Despite being the minority transport on our roads, buses are given the advantage to move about our city ahead of, not only cars, as you single out, but those going about their business or delivering to our stores. In my opinion every vehicle, or those that are legal has an equal right to use the road irrespective of the amount travelling in or on it. However this is not the case, so should it not only be fair to make better use of the remaining roadspace and share it fairly and without priority? The bottlenecks today around the Docks and Ocean Village may have been avoided had the bus lanes been available to all road users instead of funneling all others into a single lane. Look what happened to the traffic flow on the M4 when the bus lane appeared. D.a.v.e
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8:03pm Wed 5 Jan 11

forest hump says...

G0Rf wrote:
the roads cant cope, if the roads cant cope then the cruise liners will go else where. 1st idea is sort the road markings on the redbridge road heading towards the m271. that causes long tail backs when people try cut into the lanes too late anyone got any more ideas?
Yes: develop a public transport system (outside of suburbia) which is both accessable and affordable. You might then persuade people to use it. Currently, it is both expensive and restrictive due to timetables and locations.
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: the roads cant cope, if the roads cant cope then the cruise liners will go else where. 1st idea is sort the road markings on the redbridge road heading towards the m271. that causes long tail backs when people try cut into the lanes too late anyone got any more ideas?[/p][/quote]Yes: develop a public transport system (outside of suburbia) which is both accessable and affordable. You might then persuade people to use it. Currently, it is both expensive and restrictive due to timetables and locations. forest hump
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10:35pm Wed 5 Jan 11

veracity says...

One of my relatives used to work at the ROMANSE centre who look after all the roads and light pahasings.
He reckoned that the volume of vehicles in and out of the city hadnt changed that much in the last 10 yrs.
What has changed is the timings of the 'rush hour'
apparently a lot of this is due to parents driving kids to school
also Soton traffic is less congested than many cities of similar size
One of my relatives used to work at the ROMANSE centre who look after all the roads and light pahasings. He reckoned that the volume of vehicles in and out of the city hadnt changed that much in the last 10 yrs. What has changed is the timings of the 'rush hour' apparently a lot of this is due to parents driving kids to school also Soton traffic is less congested than many cities of similar size veracity
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