Felixstowe: Strong winds bring work at port to a standstill

WORK at Britain’s biggest container port was brought to a halt late this afternoon as strong winds whipped along the Suffolk coast.

Officials at the Port of Felixstowe said wind speeds had exceeded opertional limits – it is too dangerous for the quayside cranes to work once winds reach 45mph.

“As a result both rail and yard operations have been affected. For the safety of all port users we are currently restricting access to operational areas,” said a port spokesman.

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

Hauliers were advised that delays were likely and should consider re-scheduling their arrivals.

The situation was being monitored but at this stage Operation Stack has not been set up.

However, if the winds persist drivers are likely to be diverted to leave the A14 at Seven Hills and park up on the old A45 at Levington.