In 1962 the Rochdale Committee was set up by the government to consider the future development of the country’s commercial ports. It reported that Southampton’s natural facilities and transport connections made it suitable for development to meet modern trends in shipping. It was felt that passenger traffic was likely to continue to fall and so the Committee recommended an expansion of the docks to cope with the expected increase in exports and imports, and with the trend towards large vessels requiring deep-water berths.

Further reading:
Survey of Southampton and its Area, by F. J. Monkhouse (ed), p291-293
150 Years of Southampton Docks, by Bert Moody. (HS/pb)
Southampton (Docks and Ports:1), by David L. Williams. (HS/pb)
Maritime Southampton, by Alastair Arnott. (HS/pb)
Story of Southampton Docks, by Mike Roussel. (HS/pb)
A Tale of Two Ports, by John Hovey. (HS/pb)


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