Felixstowe: Port closed as winds strike coastal areas

STRONG winds made working conditions unsafe this afternoon at Britain’s biggest container terminal.

Port of Felixstowe officials announced that the port was closed with wind speeds of more than 45mph affecting quayside, rail and yard operations at the 700-acre complex.

A spokesman said: “For the safety of all port users we are currently restricting access to operational areas.

“Vehicles are being marshalled on site and will be processed through to operational areas as soon as it is safe to do so.”

There would be some delays to hauliers and drivers were being advised to consider re-scheduling their arrivals.

The port has space for around 300 lorries to park with others able to go to their depots.

Operation Stack had not yet been put in place, but was expected to be called into action if the wind did not drop.