Motorists are being warned to expect traffic congestion in Southampton today due to a high volume of cruise passengers descending on the city.

Two cruise ships are departing the city and roads near the waterfront are expected to be busier than usual.

Drivers are being urged to plan their journeys in advance to avoid delays.

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Alerting followers on X – formerly known as Twitter – a spokesperson for Southampton Travel said: “High volumes of cruise passengers are expected in the city today with several cruise ships arriving/departing.

“Please plan journeys to the waterfront in advance as it will be busy.”

Cruise ships Aurora and Bolette are currently docked in the city, before both sail from Southampton docks by 6pm this evening.

The two are among 13 arrivals to the city by next Sunday in what is a busy few weeks for Southampton's port.

The Aurora will return to Southampton on Monday, whilst the Bolette can next be seen in the city on April 4.