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Slow trip for giant cider tanks

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Slow trip for giant cider tanks

Two giant cider fermentation tanks - each capable of holding 800,000 litres (1.5 million pints) - are being driven through Gloucestershire.

The vessels, measuring 8m (26ft) in diameter and 35m (115 ft) long, were transported by boat from Dortmund in Germany to Sharpness, Gloucestershire.

Both 50-tonne tanks set-off from Sharpness docks heading to Universal Beverages in Ledbury.

During the 35m (56km) journey, 22 power cables had to be moved out the way.

'Overhead obstructions'

Mike Pearce, engineering director for Universal Beverages, told BBC News the whole operation had to be planned out well in advance.

"We've had discussions with the Highways Agency, police, power and phone companies to work out what what route to take and what overhead obstructions there are.

"Engineers from Central Networks have to remove and then reconnect 22 power cables and BT are doing a similar process for overhead phone lines.

"The load is resting overnight at Maisemore before heading to Ledbury arriving at about 2000 BST on Sunday."

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said the convoy was travelling at 10mph and some delays could be expected.

"On Sunday morning the A417 will be closed to larger vehicles while the journey takes place," he added.



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