Felixstowe: Port closed as gales lash coast

BRITAIN’S biggest port expects to remain closed for the rest of the day as gale-force winds continue to buffet the coast.

Officials at the Port of Felixstowe advised truckers not to travel to the container terminal – and all bookings have been cancelled.

Gusts of more than 45mph made it unsafe for the quayside ship-to-shore cranes to operate.

A port spokesman said an updated weather forecast had been received indicating high winds above safe operating limits for the remainder of today.

Lorries already en route wil be parked up on the port and once holding areas are full, Operation Stack will be set up and extra parkimng provided on the old A45 at Levington.

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“If and when prevailing conditions at the port allow for in-gating operations to resume, priority shall be given to those hauliers queued on site and already in possession of a valid booking,” said a spokesman.

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