The entrances to Southampton's Eastern Docks were renumbered in 1968 in order to help direct docks traffic. The City Council was able to introduce new and clearer road signs as a result.

The former Channel Ferry gate became Dock Gate 1
Dock Gate 7 became Dock Gate 2 (in only)
Dock Gate 6 had been closed c. 1963-5 when the new Dock House was built.
Dock Gate 5 became Dock Gate 3 (out only)
Dock Gates 3 and 4 had been closed c.1963-5 when the new Dock House was built.
Dock Gate 2 (the main entrance to the Eastern Docks) became Dock Gate 4 (in and out)
Dock Gate 1 became Dock Gate 5
The Town Quay entrance became Dock Gate 6
The Royal Pier entrance became Dock Gate 7
Dock Gates 8, 10 and 12 in the Western Docks remained unchanged.

The renumbering was effective from 20 April 1968.

Dock Gate 4: copyright Associated British Ports

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In April 1968, "Dock Gate 2" was widened from 23ft 7in to 45 ft and renamed "Dock Gate 4." The new, wider gate was brought into use in March 1968.

From a Southampton Street Plan, 1963

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The Eastern Dock Gates as they were numbered before 1968, from West to East.

From a Southampton Street Plan, 1970

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The Eastern Dock Gates as they were renumbered in 1968, from East to West.


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