Go-ahead for Bristol port plan

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The government has approved a scheme to build a new deep sea terminal alongside the existing facilities at Avonmouth.

It will be built partly on land reclaimed from the River Severn and will enable Bristol to handle some of the world’s biggest container ships, which are currently unable to fit through the narrow lock entrances at the existing Avonmouth docks.

The increase in capacity will mean the Port of Bristol will be able to handle an extra 1.5m twenty-foot equivalent container units a year enabling the port to serve regions outside the South West, such as the West Midlands, even more effectively.

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