Oil spill causes 'pandemonium' for Felixstowe's truckers
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Yesterday's A14 fuel spill caused "pandemonium" for Felixstowe's haulage industry, a haulier based in the town has said — adding it cost him more than £10,000.
The A14 at the Dock Spur roundabout in Felixstowe was closed from 1.35pm on Thursday, following a 200-litre diesel spillage.
A diversion route was put in place until the road reopened, more than 12 hours later.
Adam Searle, director of CP Transport, estimated the spillage cost his firm £14,000.
"It caused pandemonium," he said. "Of our little old fleet we had 22 delayed deliveries and 15 total failures.
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"It's shown how fragile the road system in and out of Felixstowe is."
A spokesman for Hutchison UK, which runs the Port of Felixstowe, said the disruption had not affected the unloading of shipping.
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However it caused a backlog of trucks onto the port, forcing the port to cancelling incoming truck bookings for Friday morning.
The spokesman added the disruption had now eased.