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The Royal Portbury
Portbury
Dock is part of the Port of Bristol, in England. It is situated near the village of Portbury
Portbury
on the southern side of the mouth of the Avon, where the river joins the Severn
Severn
estuary — the Avonmouth Docks
Avonmouth Docks
are on the opposite side of the Avon, within Avonmouth. The deepwater dock was constructed between 1972 and 1977, and is now a major port for the import of motor vehicles into the UK. The M5 motorway
M5 motorway
runs nearby, and the huge car storage compounds around the dock are visible from the Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Bridge. A waste industrial area west of the port is being developed as the Portbury
Portbury
Ashlands Nature Reserve. The Royal Portbury
Portbury
Dock has the largest entrance lock into any UK port, accommodating vessels up to 41 m (135 ft) beam, 290 m (951 ft) length and 14.5 m (48 ft) draft.

Contents

1 Operator 2 Trades 3 Technical 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Operator[edit] The dock is now operated by The Bristol
Bristol
Port Company, which also operates Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Docks, and has done since 1991 when it purchased a 150-year lease from Bristol
Bristol
City Council. Between 2000 and 2002 the Portishead Railway
Portishead Railway
was repaired and extended to the dock at a cost of £21 million.[1] Trades[edit]

Container ship unloading

Motor vehicles
Motor vehicles
are both loaded and discharged, and stored on paved quay areas and storage compounds. In 2004, over 650,000 vehicles were handled.[2] During 1996, the motor vehicle trade was awarded the International Quality Standard ISO 9002. Royal Portbury
Portbury
Dock can accommodate up to six RoRo vessels simultaneously. Aviation fuel tankers up to 120,000 dwt can discharge at the Bristol Aviation Fuel Terminal which opened in 2003, and feeds directly into the UK's pipeline and storage network. Coal and other bulk cargoes can be discharged with two continuous ship unloaders and two gantry grab cranes, allowing for 5,000 tonne per hour throughput.[3] Since 2013 the wings for the Airbus A400M Atlas
Airbus A400M Atlas
have left Portbury
Portbury
on 3 specialised ferries including the Ville De Bordeaux, after travelling from the factory at Filton. They go via St Nazaire
St Nazaire
to Seville. This is part of the Itinéraire à Grand Gabarit transportation system.[4][5][6] Containers and Forest Products are also handled at the dock. Technical[edit]

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Bristol
Bristol
Area Railway Map

Legend

Cross Country Route

Thornbury Branch Line

Yate

South Wales Main Line

New Passage Pier

Westerleigh Junction

New Passage Halt

Cross Hands Halt

South Wales Main Line

Pilning

Severn
Severn
Beach

Coalpit Heath

Severn
Severn
View

Industrial Park

Winterbourne

Chittening

Industrial Estate

Bristol
Bristol
Parkway

Patchway

Smoke Lane

Industrial Estate

Ram Hill Colliery

Chittening Platform

Hallen Halt

Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Docks

Henbury

St Andrews Road

Charlton Halt

Avonmouth
Avonmouth
(BPR&P)

North Filton
Filton
Platform

Filton
Filton
Triangle Depot

Avonmouth

(Royal Edward)

Westerleigh Goods Depot

Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Docks

Avonmouth

Filton
Filton
Junction

Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Light Railway

Filton

Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Docks

Filton
Filton
Abbey Wood

Shirehampton

Horfield

Sea Mills

Ashley Hill

Clifton Down Tunnel

Mangotsfield (1845–1869)

Clifton Down

Mangotsfield (1869–1966)

Redland

Staple Hill

Montpelier

Fishponds

Hotwells Halt

Warmley

Hotwells

Narroways Hill Junction

Stapleton Road sidings

Grey line represents

Stapleton Road

boundary of Bristol

Oldland Common

unitary authority area

Avon Valley Railway

Lawrence Hill

Waste depot

Bitton

Bristol
Bristol
St Philip's

Barton Hill Depot

St Mary Redcliffe
St Mary Redcliffe
tunnel

Avon Riverside

Bristol
Bristol
Temple Meads

Bristol
Bristol
Temple Meads

Princes' Wharf

Kelston

Bristol
Bristol
Harbour Railway

St Philips Marsh T&RSMD

SS Great Britain

East Depot

Bristol
Bristol
Docks (North)

Bedminster

Bristol
Bristol
Docks (South)

Parson Street

CREATE Centre

Mangotsfield Branch Line

South Liberty Lane Depot

Ashton Gate

St Anne's Park

Clifton Bridge

Brislington

Nightingale Valley Halt

Long Ashton

Ham Green Halt

Bristol
Bristol
to Exeter Line

Pill

Whitchurch Halt

Portbury
Portbury
shipyard

Keynsham

Royal Portbury
Portbury
Dock

Bristol
Bristol
& North Somerset Rly

Portbury
Portbury
Shipyard

Saltford

Portbury

Great Western Main Line

(1954–1964) Portishead

Weston, Clevedon and

Portishead Light Railway

(1879–1954) Portishead

Portishead Pier

The port experiences the second largest tidal range in the world. The Portbury
Portbury
Dock, like Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Dock across the river, is impounded and the water level within each dock is maintained by lock gates and impounding pumps. The pumps maintain a minimum water level in the dock when water is lost to the sea through ships entering/exiting the dock.[7] See also[edit]

Port of Bristol

References[edit]

^ Portishead Railway
Portishead Railway
Group, 2006. "History of the Portishead Railway." ^ "Motor Vehicles – Trades". The Bristol
Bristol
Port Company. Retrieved 2008-12-20.  ^ "Bulk (Coal) – Trades". The Bristol
Bristol
Port Company. Archived from the original on 7 April 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2008.  ^ "PBA Design Helps Put New Airbus A400M Wings on Road to Success". Peter Brett. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.  ^ "First A400M wings for Royal Air Force leave for final assembly line". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 13 March 2015.  ^ Ribbeck, Michael (16 February 2013). "Airbus wings made in Filton begin their long trip from Bristol
Bristol
to Spain ... by sea". Bristol
Bristol
Post. Retrieved 13 March 2015.  ^ Pump Supplies "Pump supplies Case Study.",

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Royal Portbury
Portbury
Dock.

The Bristol
Bristol
Port Company website UK Government DfT Casestudy Portishead and Bristol
Bristol
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Transport in Bristol

Road

Motorways

Almondsbury Interchange M4 M5 M32 M49

European Routes

E30

A roads

A4 (Portway) A37 A38 A369 A370 A403 A420 A431 A432 A4018 A4174 A4032

Bus

Bristol
Bristol
bus station Bristol
Bristol
park & ride Buses in Bristol First West of England MetroBus Portway park and ride Wessex Bus

Cycling

National Cycle Route 3 National Cycle Route 4
National Cycle Route 4
( Bristol
Bristol
& Bath Railway Path)

Rail

Railway lines

Bristol–Exeter line Cross Country Route Filton
Filton
Bank Great Western Main Line Henbury Loop Line Portishead Railway Severn
Severn
Beach line South Wales Main Line

Stations

Avonmouth Bedminster Bristol
Bristol
Parkway Bristol
Bristol
Temple Meads Clifton Down Filton
Filton
Abbey Wood Lawrence Hill Montpelier Parson Street Redland Sea Mills Severn
Severn
Beach Shirehampton St Andrews Road Stapleton Road

Other

Bristol
Bristol
Airport Rail Link Bristol
Bristol
Supertram Bristol
Bristol
Tramways Clifton Rocks Railway Friends of Suburban Bristol
Bristol
Railways MetroWest Narroways Hill Junction Rail services in the West of England Severnside Community Rail Partnership

Air

Bristol
Bristol
Airport

Water

Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Docks Bristol
Bristol
Packet Boat Trips Bristol
Bristol
Ferry
Ferry
Boats Bristol
Bristol
Harbour Bristol
Bristol
Marina Cumberland Basin Kennet & Avon Canal Netham Lock Port of Bristol Royal Portbury
Portbury
Dock River Avon Underfall Yard

Public transport

Public transport in Bristol

Bridges

Avon Bridge Avonmouth
Avonmouth
Bridge Bristol
Bristol
Bridge Clifton Suspension Bridge Pero's Bridge Pr

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