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New sea defence gates installed

Gates installed at Sharpness Docks
Teams of specialist divers will install the new steel gates

A set of new steel gates, each weighing 74 tonnes and measuring 11m (36ft) high, have been craned into place at Sharpness Docks in Gloucestershire.

The gates, which form part of the sea defence against the Severn Estuary tides, arrived at the docks last week after travelling by barge from Holland.

The £1m structures are among the largest of their kind in the UK and will be installed by specialist divers.

The old gates will be refurbished and replaced as part of the entrance lock.

Will Burnish, from British Waterways, said: "This really is a once in a lifetime event.

"The last ones were installed in 1958 and have withstood the worst weather the Severn Estuary has thrown at them. "

The docks remain closed while the British Waterways project is completed.



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