Huge Molson Coors brewery tanks to leave Burton today

Roads are set to be blocked in Burton today, Thursday, September 23, as two 20-tonne vessels make their way out of town.

The fermenting tanks are the final two to leave Molson Coors’ former south brewery as they are transported to drinks firm Bevisol, in Ledbury, Herefordshire.

arlier this month, a total of four tanks left the brewery, in Station Street, on their way to Bevisol.

Due to their size, they required a police escort, which brought Burton traffic to a standstill as they navigated their way through the town. Motorists have been warned there could be delays in the town.

Today, officers from Staffordshire Police roads policing unit will escort the remaining tanks on the back of lorries as they leave the town.

The exact timings are yet to be confirmed but we have been told that it will now be lunchtime at the earliest. It was originally said that they will leave after 9.30am.

They will leave Station Street, before turning into Union Street, then Orchard Street, on to Evershed Way, Shobnall Road, Wellington Road then the A38 southbound to Weaford A5 then J10 M42 south at Tamworth. They will then follow on to Herefordshire.

When Bevisol installs the sixth Molson Coors tank at its plant, it will have a total of 42 at the site.

Chris Newall, managing director of Bevisol who is a former Bass brewer in Burton, previously told Staffordshire Live that over the past several months his firm has been expanding its factory to fulfil a number of new contracts which it won in the USA and Europe.

As part of its recent expansion, it installed 11 new large fermenting tanks but needed more, and so the firm bought six from Burton. Each tank weighs 20 tonnes empty but over 200 tonnes when full, holding 200,000 litres or 350,000 pints.

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