The Port of Truro lies at the head of the Fal Estuary in Cornwall. Lighterage Quay, the main commercial quay is 350 metres in length and has storage facilities (both open and covered), stevedoring, fresh water and weighbridge available. Advantages of using the Port are:-
- A central location for the South West of the U.K. with a hinterland extending throughout Cornwall, Devon and the South West peninsula
- Inland location offering low cost road haulage
- Low port charges
- Low berth utilisation
Cargo handling to date includes bulk commodities (coal, stone, sand, ore concentrates, scrap metal, animal feed, fertiliser, grain, calcified seaweed), palletised goods (timber, building blocks and china clay), pre-slung timber and project cargoes (boat moulds, etc.)
The Harbour Authority has committed itself to upgrading facilities to enable the efficient, safe and quick handling of goods which includes maintaining a dredging commitment, improved navigational lighting, upgrading quay surfaces and providing security for goods on the quay.
The largest vessels handled to date include vessels with lengths up to 85m and deadweights of 2000 tonnes. Due to its inland location the Port is tidal and vessels of 4.1m draft can be handled on mean high water springs. Pilotage is non-compulsory for vessels up to 75m.
The Port is close to the A30; the main arterial road through Cornwall and Devon which links to the M5. Other road connections include the A38 to Plymouth and South Devon and the A39 to North Cornwall and North Devon.
Truro to London (Paddington) – 4 hours 15 minutes Truro to Birmingham – 5 hours 45 minutes
Regular air connections to London from Newquay Air Port. Newquay is 15 miles from Truro.
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