- Avonmouth Docks
The Avonmouth Docks are part of the
Port of Bristol, in England. They are situated on the northern side of the mouth of the River Avon, opposite the Royal Portbury Dockon the southern side, where the river joins the Severn estuary, within Avonmouth.
Avonmouth Docks are one of the UK's major ports for chilled foods, especially fruit and vegetables.
The docks are on the rail network, served by
Avonmouth railway stationon the Severn Beach Line. The M5 motorwayis nearby.
The first dock at Avonmouth, Avonmouth Old Dock, was opened in 1877. It was acquired by the Bristol Corporation in 1884. In 1908, a much larger dock, the Royal Edward Dock, was opened.
The docks were operated by the Port of Bristol Authority, part of
Bristol City Council, until 1991, when the council granted a 150 year lease to the Bristol Port Company, who now operate the docks together with Royal Portbury Dock.
In September 2008, the
Seven Seas Voyagercruise ship will berth at Avonmouth as part of a round Britain cruise. It is hoped this first visit will result in cruise ships returning in future years, for passenger visits to Bristol. [http://visitbristol.co.uk/site/press-and-media/bristol-set-to-join-the-cruise-club-in-2008]
* [http://www.bristolport.co.uk/index.html The Bristol Port Company website]
* [http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/adsdata/cbaresrep/pdf/074/07404001.pdf Elkins, P.W. "Aspects of the recent development of the port of Bristol"]
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