Transport infrastructure

Hampshire’s position as a key transport hub and major gateway to global markets is unrivaled, and provides businesses with easy access to and from London, three international airports (including Heathrow) and two major ports.

 

Air

Businesses can easily access Gatwick, Heathrow and Southampton International Airports, connecting Hampshire to the rest of the world.

Heathrow is the UK’s premier international airport, with over 80 airlines flying direct to more than 200 destinations in 85 countries, across the globe.

Hampshire is also home to TAG Farnborough Airport which is the UK’s only dedicated business aviation airport.

 

Road

The M3 motorway is the main route to London, the M25 motorway, Heathrow and Gatwick, connecting Hampshire to the capital and the rest of the world. The M27 which is being upgraded to a 4-lane smart motorway, connects to the Midlands and the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, linking Hampshire some of the UK’s major shipping routes.

 

Rail

London is in easy reach with over 50 trains direct to and from London Waterloo every day. The rail network offers easy connectivity to other key business centres in the UK including Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and beyond.

 

Sea

The Port of Southampton is the UK’s leading export port and a major gateway to global markets. More than £40 billion in UK manufactured goods is exported through the port every year, of which 90% is destined for non-EU markets. Southampton is also Northern Europe’s biggest cruise port – handling over 5 million passengers a year.

The Port of Portsmouth is Britain’s most successful municipal port, operating departures and arrivals for cruise ships, cargo ships, and passenger ferries. It is a key port for the import of fruit and vegetables.

 

Digital infrastructure

With over 90% of premises in the county already connected to superfast broadband, accessing speeds of 24 megabits per second, and investment of £28 million to get that to 100%, Hampshire is already well connected.

 

We have ambitions to be one of the first 5G connected counties in the UK. Working in partnership with the 5G Innovation Centre (University of Surrey), a 5G Emulator has been established in Basingstoke for local businesses and entrepreneurs to get a head start on enabling new technology.

Hampshire based Ordnance Survey (OS) are also leading on the Government’s E- CAVE initiative aimed at better understanding the infrastructure required to support a nationwide network of connected and autonomous vehicles.

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