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Millbay Docks, Plymouth (image courtesy: Tony Atkins/Creative Commons)

Work starts on Millbay docks improvements

Works is underway at Millbay Docks in Plymouth which will improve the ferry terminal and increase capacity for freight.

It is the first work funded by the government as part of the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport programme, which gives tax breaks to the area.

ABP, which operates the docks, says the investment will also increase the port’s green credential and grow Plymouth’s cruise market.

The work now underway is related to the reconstruction of the West Wharf.

Devon-based contractor Teignmouth Maritime Services (TMS) has got piles which will be installed over the next six weeks to reinforce the wharf and increase capacity. They say it will help to increase the port’s ability to handle general cargo and containers over the berth, as well as to support a passenger boarding bridge for the ferry and cruise market.  

Julian Walker, Regional Director, ABP said: “The works will see infrastructure upgrades, which will help to future-proof the docks for years to come and mean that the community and broader economy benefit from increased activities within the region.

“This work marks an important milestone in a transformative journey for Millbay Docks. We are delighted to be the first funded project that is underway for Plymouth and South Devon Freeport, and it is made possible through the £1.3 million Seed Capital Funding, alongside further significant investment by ABP, which will not only enhance our ferry terminal – a key hub for Brittany Ferries – but also strengthen our freight capabilities, and expand offering to the Plymouth cruise market.

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “Millbay Docks is a crucial port gateway for the Freeport and it’s a real milestone to be seeing the first wave of Freeport funding on one of the city’s most important assets start to become a reality.”

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