Severn Estuary to get new container port at Avonmouth

Work on the new deep-sea terminal will take between three and four years to complete, Government says

Plans to build a major new container terminal in the Severn estuary have been approved.

The new deep-sea terminal at Avonmouth will be built partly on land reclaimed from the River Severn and will enable Bristol to welcome some of the world’s biggest container ships.

Construction work on the new terminal could start later this year and is likely to take between three and four years to complete.

The existing estuary approach channel will be widened and deepened and a turning area created for manoeuvring container vessels with a draught of up to 16m.

Transport Minister Sadiq Khan said, “Bristol has a rich maritime heritage, and these proposals will enable the city and its commercial port to see this continue long into the future.”