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Southampton container port to open on Sundays

Containers at port Image copyright DP World Southampton
Image caption DP World Southampton said it already services ships 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Southampton container port is to open on Sundays for the first time.

The move is aimed at giving cargo owners an extra day to collect their goods in preparation for the busy Christmas period.

From Saturday, DP World Southampton will open on Sundays from 07:00 BST and extend its Saturday hours from 15:00 to 18:00.

The move will also help businesses play catch up next week after bank holiday Monday, the firm added.

Steve McCrindle, head of operations at DP World Southampton, said: "Traditionally there has not been the demand for weekend opening, but with the August bank holiday and the peak session upon us we will see an increase in volume.

"Often the container terminal feels the pressure of the bank holiday for a few weeks afterwards but it doesn't have to be this way.

"We are a 24-hour operation. We service the ships 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so there is no reason why we can't service our landside customers too."

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