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Port of Felixstowe Welcomes Improvements to Dockspur Roundabout
26th January 2004

The Port of Felixstowe has welcomed the announcement by the Highways Agency that work is to commence shortly on the installation of new vehicle-activated signs at the Dockspur roundabout on the A14 at Felixstowe.

Work to erect a single vehicle-activated sign on the eastbound carriageway approach to the roundabout will commence at the beginning of February. An additional sign on the westbound carriageway will be installed in April.

The signs will be triggered by HGVs approaching the roundabout too quickly, and will alert the driver to the possibility of the lorry overturning.

Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited (HPUK), owner of the Port of Felixstowe, has been working closely with the Highways Agency and local councils and organisations to secure improvements to the Dockspur roundabout. HPUK’s significant contribution towards the £106,000 safety improvement scheme now means that the Highways Agency is able to install signs on both approaches to the roundabout.

Depending on weather, work to install new fixed and vehicle-activated signage on the eastbound approach will start on Monday 2nd February, although the electronic system to trigger the sign by HGVs will not be in operation until March.

New directional signs on the eastbound carriageway approach to replace existing signs are being provided at the same time, together with additional safety fencing to protect the new signs. Associated ducting, loop-cutting and electrical work in connection with the vehicle-activated signs is also being carried out.

Paul Davey, Corporate Affairs Manager for HPUK, commented:

“We are extremely pleased to be able to contribute to this work being undertaken by the Highways Agency. We have been working towards this goal for a long time, and welcome the announcement of the installation of these signs, which we believe will significantly improve safety at the roundabout.”

Similar work on the westbound approach is expected to take place after 1st April 2004.

While the work takes place, there will be daytime lane closures on the A14 eastbound carriageway depending on the location of work. The work will take about six weeks to complete.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information, please contact, Paul Davey, Corporate Affairs Manager, on Tel No: +44 (0)1394 604987 or Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943, or E-mail daveyps@hpuk.co.uk

Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK and the fifth largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 15 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates in a total of 32 ports together with a number of transportation related service companies.