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Port of Bristol Deep Sea Container Port benefits to Wiltshire

This is what Wiltshire County Council has commented on the Port of Bristol's deep sea container port project:

" In March 2010, the DfT gave consent for the construction of Bristol's Deep Sea Container Terminal (BDSCT) at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol. The terminal is one of the country's fastest growing ports and will further develop as Bristol Port plans to expand its facilities with a new deep sea container terminal. The terminal is designed to service not only today’s largest container vessels, but also future generations of ultra large container ships when they enter service. As part of this process, a full Traffic Impact Assessment was required to be undertaken. The overall conclusion of this assessment is that at worst, the local (Avonmouth) area would be subject to minor increases in traffic associated with the operation of the BDSCT. Wiltshire Council will continue to monitor traffic associated with this development within the county, however it is anticipated that the operation of this facility and any transfer of shipments from Southampton will not adversely affect traffic volume within Wiltshire." Wiltshire Local Transport Plan: Freight Strategy (PDF)

Freight traffic volume in Wiltshire

The following quote from the important planning document mentioned above whilst suggesting that traffic volume in Wiltshire will not be adversely affected, does not state that there will be a reduction of freight traffic.

  "however it is anticipated that the operation of this facility and any transfer of shipments from Southampton will not adversely affect traffic volume within Wiltshire." Ibid.

So who wrote that? did they mean that existing hauliers will not see a loss of business? Surely not. Are they so ignorant that they are unable to read the extensive documentation provided by the Port of Bristol? No, I don't think so, and why place this evaluation under "Waterborne Transport" in a land locked county? The port of bristol could handle over 900,000 TEU containers a year. (TEU twenty foot equivalent unit) The ships are colossal. the new port will be able to acommodate ships with a draught of 16 metres.

Unless I am mistaken, the Deep Sea Container Terminal when it becomes operational will REDUCE TRAFFIC ON THE A36 AND ALL OTHER ROADS FROM THE SOUTH COAST! The ships which can transport hundreds of containers up to 44 feet in length are part of sustainable development. Ideally a ship could rely on sail and it is possible to have computer controlled metal sails.!  But even burning oil one of these ships can transport goods very cheaply compared to a lorry.  A lorry can only transport one container, typically 14 tons.

container ship

  The load that can be carried by road is equivalent to a Dinky Toy compared to a ship but enough to create misery for those who live near the A36 and other roads that link to the south coast ports. The existing freight traffic from the south coast ports to Bridstol and other areas north will tend to disappear when the Deep Sea Container Terminal facility is operational at Bristol, because it will be cheaper.

A comment on the Deep Sea Container Terminal under construction at the Port of Bristol as mentioned in Wiltshire's Freight Strategy

I have amended the article written by Wiltshire County Council alterations are highlighted in yellow:

" In March 2010, the DfT gave consent for the construction of Bristol's Deep Sea Container Terminal (BDSCT) at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol. The terminal is one of the country's fastest growing ports and will further develop as Bristol Port plans to expand its facilities with a new deep sea container terminal. The terminal is designed to service not only today’s largest container vessels, but also future generations of ultra large container ships when they enter service. As part of this process, a full Traffic Impact Assessment was required to be undertaken. The overall conclusion of this assessment is that at worst, the local (Avonmouth) area would be subject to minor increases in traffic associated with the operation of the BDSCT. Wiltshire Council will continue to monitor traffic associated with this development within the county. However, it is anticipated that the operation of this facility and any transfer of shipments from Southampton and other south coast ports to the Port of Bristol will significantly reduce traffic volume within Wiltshire (and other counties) by reducing present road freight traffic from the south coast ports to Bristol and beyond." Wiltshire Freight Strategy

Link to Bristol Port Company

[article still being revised]


 

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Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Geoff Edwards
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