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GRANT WILL REMOVE LORRIES FROM PEMBROKESHIRE ROADS, SAYS MINISTER

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Stena Line Ltd has been awarded a grant to greatly reduce the number of heavy lorry journeys on Pembrokeshire roads...
Stena Line Ltd has been awarded a grant to greatly reduce the number of heavy lorry journeys on Pembrokeshire roads, minister for environment Sue Essex announced today.

The ferry company has received a Freight Facilities Grant of£334,074 to develop bunker storage facilities at Fishguard. The company will be able to store the fuel needed for its Fishguard - Rosslare crossings at the terminal, and fuel will be transported to the bunkers by sea.

Welcoming news of the grant from the UK government, Sue Essex said: 'At present, heavy road tankers are required to carry fuel to the ferries from the Texaco terminal at Pembroke. Approximately five 28-mile return journeys are made each day.

'This grant is wonderful news for the people of Pembrokeshire. The environmental benefits of moving freight to water and off Wales' roads are clear, and I hope that other freight operators will follow suit.

'Through the Freight Facilities Grant, operators can do their bit for the environment and at no extra cost to them.'

Brian Hall, the Pembrokeshire CC cabinet member with responsibility for environment and transportation, was also pleased by the announcement. He added: 'Anything which takes hazardous traffic, particularly heavy goods vehicles, off the road is to be welcomed'.

A Stenaline spokesman added: 'Stena Line welcome the Freight Facilities Grant which will allow the company to accept the delivery of fuel into the port by sea. Securing environmental improvements is consistent with Stena Line's long term aims and objectives.'

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