Cumbria

Container ship boost for Workington Port

Hopes have been expressed that businesses will benefit from the expansion of a terminal at a port.

The £5.7m scheme at Workington has doubled its capacity to handle container ships.

Funded by Britain's Energy Coast, it will allow larger cargoes of raw materials and finished products to be shipped in and out of Cumbria.

The port's business development manager described it as good news for the town's businesses.

Colin Sharpe said: "It will allow us to connect more frequently and efficiently with some of the deeper sea hubs within Europe, for example Rotterdam, and also to promote short sea transport around the British Isles.

"The scale of what we've achieved here now means we've got a much wider appeal and a more broad-based service offer to support local business and indeed business further afield."

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