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Freight is key to Plymouth plans

[ May 23, 2022   //   ]

Plymouth City Council, Associated British Ports and Brittany Ferries have signed an agreement to expand Millbay Docks, including to develop freight traffic.

The organisations are working on a funding strategy likely to consider strategic Government funding available for freight, net zero and ports as well as private investment. The partners say that the changes proposed are expected to include improvements to the quayside to handle a new generation of freight from the continent and beyond.

Plymouth is one of eight regions selected for Freeport status in England.

The partners are working up proposals to expand links between the South West and the Continent  and expand the freight operation. ABP has lobbied government to have Plymouth recognised as a key strategic port, pointing out that freight is key to extending the season which ferries operate in and to further opportunities around Freeports.

Brittany Ferries currently operates summer-only services from Plymouth to Roscoff and Santander.

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