Police prepare to launch Operation Stack

FELIXSTOWE: Police were on stand-by this morning to launch Operation Stack after the region was battered by high winds.

Annie Davidson

FELIXSTOWE: Gusty winds over 45mph were today affecting operations at Britain's biggest container port.

The strong winds meant handling of boxes on the quayside and in the rail yards at Felixstowe was stopped shortly after 5am and by breakfast-time there was still disruption as a backlog of trucks started to build up.

With room to park 250 lorries on the port, and 1,200 spaces in haulage yards, Operation Stack had not been input in place.

However, officials said using the 350-space holding area on the old A45 at Levington remained a possibility all day with weathermen saying the blustery conditions set to continue.

The port would be open during periods of lighter winds and hauliers were advised to reschedule their journeys.