Weather: Operation Stack running as port closes

SNOW and ice was making work in container parks at Britain’s top port so hazardous officials this morning closed the terminal.

Operation Stack was brought in – with truckers being diverted to park up on the old A45 road at Levington.

A Port of Felixstowe spokesman said holding areas on the port were now full.

“The port closure is now in place as a result of snow and ice affecting operations,” he said.

“Efforts are being made to clear operational areas to ensure the safety of all port users prior to operations resuming.

“When conditions improve it is likely to take some time to clear all waiting vehicles – in view of this hauliers travelling to the port are advised to delay their journey until normal operations resume.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this disruption may have caused and we value our customers’ understanding as measures are taken to ensure the safety of all port users.”

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Suffolk Police and the Highways Agency are helping with the management of lorries at Operation Stack.

Drivers were advised to leave the A14 at the Seven Hills interchange.

No container vehicles will be allowed onto the port until Operation Stack is lifted unless they have a ticket.

Tickets can be obtained from the holding area on the old A45.