Felixstowe: Port closed and Operation Stack in place

STRONG winds forced the closure of Britain’s biggest container port today – with truckers being diverted to park-up off the A14.

Operation Stack was put in place at lunchtime with lorries being sent to the old A45 at Levington to wait until quaysides can re-open.

Gusts of 45mph meant the high-rise cranes at Felixstowe could not operate.

“The latest weather forecasts indicate winds gusting at or above safe working limits until the early hours of Wednesday morning,” said the Port of Felixstowe.

“As such, Vehicle Booking System (VBS) availability for the remainder of the afternoon has been reduced.

“When conditions return to safe working levels, additional VBS slots shall be added on an ad-hoc basis subject to haulage volumes on the port complex.

“Any driver not currently in possession of a valid VBS booking is advised not to come to the Port of Felixstowe at this point.”