Construction on a new driver welfare facility at Southampton port has begun, where truckers will have access to bathrooms, showers and a restaurant.

Port owner DP World said there will also be a café and space for 120 HGVs with 24-hour security.

Alongside the new facilities, the 81,000 sq ft site should also alleviate residential concerns regarding local traffic and reduce carbon emissions, both of which DP World said were major factors in Southampton City Council’s approval of the development.

Jonathan Scott, head of engineering at DP World Southampton, said: “With our £15m outlay on this outstanding new facility for drivers we are investing in a vital part of the supply chain.

“At a time when the pressure to manage costs, maintain reliability and improve speed has never been greater, we are acutely aware that supply chains rely on people who deserve to be looked after.