Truckers praised for clean living
CLEAN-UP teams and truckers were praised today after leaving the old A45 at Levington spic and span after Operation Stack.Residents had been worried at what state the road would be left in after lorry drivers were forced to park up there for three days when high winds forced the closure of Felixstowe port, especially with snack vans and portable toilets being brought in.
CLEAN-UP teams and truckers were praised today after leaving the old A45 at Levington spic and span after Operation Stack.
Residents had been worried at what state the road would be left in after lorry drivers were forced to park up there for three days when high winds forced the closure of Felixstowe port, especially with snack vans and portable toilets being brought in.
But Levington Parish Council chairman David Long said all the agencies involved had done an excellent job and the area had been left very clean.
“We take great pride in how that area looks and we have regular roadside clean ups along there. We were due to have one now but I don't think we will need to because there is not a lot to do.” he said.
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“I think the agencies have done a very good job and it looks like they swung into action immediately Operation Stack was lifted.
“They have left it just as they found it. The agencies have done what they said they would do and we appreciate it.
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“We know this was the first one but we hope that this will always be the case.”
Mr Long said use of the old A45 for queues of trucks left stranded by the closure of the port last week appeared to have gone very well. He said residents were able to reach their homes and there had been no major problems.
“We will be making a couple of suggestions for improvements to the steering committee - especially to have some extra signs and for more buses to be allowed through,” he said.
“Like all these things, they need to be tried and put to the test and then we learn and improve.”
Police and port officials were pleased with the way the changes to Operation Stacked worked.
Apart from one period when hundreds of lorries turned up at once and caused 45 minutes of problems, the operation went smoothly and drivers soon got the hang of where they should be waiting.
Under the old system, when lorries queued along one lane of the A14, traffic in the area repeatedly ground to a halt as the road system failed to cope under the strain of the extra vehicles.
Was Operation Stack better at Levington than on the A14 Port of Felixstowe Road? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk