Dockside residents welcome Sunday opening for container terminal

Southampton container terminals

Residents welcome port's new Sunday opening

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DOCKSIDE residents have welcomed a boom in trade at Southampton port as the city's container terminal opens on Sundays for the first time ever.

DP World Southampton will now operate seven days a week in anticipation of a surge in demand over the bank holiday and in the run-up to Christmas.

Bosses stressed the plans will generate greater opportunities for freight customers at what they anticipate to be a busy end to the year, while residents hope it will boost the city's economic fortunes.

Those living close to Millbrook Road West duel carriageway - one of the main routes for HGVs and traffic for ferry ports - gave the plans a generally warm welcome.

Richard Cook, 67, from Regents Park Road, said: "We don't have problems with too much noise at the moment.

"But if the country needs these extended hours for business then we all have to suffer a little bit."

Amanda Barfield, 52, from White House Gardens, Millbrook, said: "It's good for the economy, but with more traffic there's going to be more pollution."

Kelly Crow, 33, from White house Gardens, Millbrook, said: "You already hear crashing coming from there in the early hours. Why can't they think about the people who live nearby."

However, Nasrin Ahmed, 43, from Regents Park Road, said: "It will be good for the economy and better for Southampton. The traffic around here is busy anyway and we have to expect it where we live."

Her neighbour, Reymund Gosney, 84, said: "It will be good for business seven days a week."

Don Daly, 48, who lives in Millbrook Road West, said: "There's enough traffic that comes along here as it is, so having more doesn't really matter. It is normally quieter on Sundays, but I won't mind."

The move is initially for businesses to play catch-up during the four-day week over the Bank Holiday period.

But it's also aimed at helping supply chain operators already gearing up for the festive period.

Traditionally August is one of the quietest periods for business, but the container terminal operator is encouraging customers to pick up cargo seven days a week as hauliers try to cram five days of deliveries into a four day working week.

But the bank holiday also signals the run-up to Christmas with a surge of containers arriving as retailers begin stocking their shelves ahead of the festive season.

It will give customers a head start by opening 7am on Sundays.

DP World Southampton operations head Steve McCrindle said the new hours provide more flexibility for customers to collect cargo.

He added: "By extending our opening hours we can reduce the pressure on everyone in the supply chain.

"Often the container terminal feels the pressure of the bank holiday for a few weeks afterwards, but it doesn't have to be this way.

"We have a 24 hour operation. We service ships 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so there is no reason why we can't service our land-side customers too."

From Saturday it will open from 7am on Sundays and an extended three hours on Saturdays from midnight until 6pm.

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10:46am Tue 19 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Bring on Dibden Bay
Bring on Dibden Bay forest hump
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11:22am Tue 19 Aug 14

phil maccavity says...

Pragmatic comments from local residents
In fact it may help in more ways than one.
Ships already work to a 24 hr handling schedule so if collection/deliverie
s are spread over a 7 day period and not concentrated into 5 weekdays, then theoretically it should reduce congestion in/around Millbrook By Pass/Redbridge Roundabout at peak times.
Well done to the Container Terminal workers too.
What a difference to the strike ridden days of the 70's and 80's!!
Pragmatic comments from local residents In fact it may help in more ways than one. Ships already work to a 24 hr handling schedule so if collection/deliverie s are spread over a 7 day period and not concentrated into 5 weekdays, then theoretically it should reduce congestion in/around Millbrook By Pass/Redbridge Roundabout at peak times. Well done to the Container Terminal workers too. What a difference to the strike ridden days of the 70's and 80's!! phil maccavity
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12:02pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Tenderhearts wife says...

As I am someone that works in an industry that relies on the container terminal running smoothly this is great news. Hopefully this will mean less wasted driving time with drivers sat on the quay in long queues. . . . all we need now is for them to get the breaks and handover times sorted so that the place doesn't come to a complete standstill for an hour at a time and we will be overjoyed in our work.
As I am someone that works in an industry that relies on the container terminal running smoothly this is great news. Hopefully this will mean less wasted driving time with drivers sat on the quay in long queues. . . . all we need now is for them to get the breaks and handover times sorted so that the place doesn't come to a complete standstill for an hour at a time and we will be overjoyed in our work. Tenderhearts wife
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1:12pm Tue 19 Aug 14

southy says...

huumm those comments by residence that the Echo as listed all don't live between Dock Gate 20 and the M27 they all live around the Regents Park Road area away from the Container Port Dock Entrance so Container Port Traffic will effect them very little, its those that live along Redbridge Road that will be effected by Traffic not those a long Millbrook Road.

Echo why not go and ask those that live along or close to Redbridge Road who will be most effected.
huumm those comments by residence that the Echo as listed all don't live between Dock Gate 20 and the M27 they all live around the Regents Park Road area away from the Container Port Dock Entrance so Container Port Traffic will effect them very little, its those that live along Redbridge Road that will be effected by Traffic not those a long Millbrook Road. Echo why not go and ask those that live along or close to Redbridge Road who will be most effected. southy
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2:05pm Tue 19 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

southy wrote:
huumm those comments by residence that the Echo as listed all don't live between Dock Gate 20 and the M27 they all live around the Regents Park Road area away from the Container Port Dock Entrance so Container Port Traffic will effect them very little, its those that live along Redbridge Road that will be effected by Traffic not those a long Millbrook Road.

Echo why not go and ask those that live along or close to Redbridge Road who will be most effected.
People that live in that area shouldn't really be surprised at the noise. Like people that live near railway lines, complain about the noise. people that live near airports, complain about the noise, people that live near farms complain about **** crowing, and cows mooing. Deaf people would be glad to hear anything.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: huumm those comments by residence that the Echo as listed all don't live between Dock Gate 20 and the M27 they all live around the Regents Park Road area away from the Container Port Dock Entrance so Container Port Traffic will effect them very little, its those that live along Redbridge Road that will be effected by Traffic not those a long Millbrook Road. Echo why not go and ask those that live along or close to Redbridge Road who will be most effected.[/p][/quote]People that live in that area shouldn't really be surprised at the noise. Like people that live near railway lines, complain about the noise. people that live near airports, complain about the noise, people that live near farms complain about **** crowing, and cows mooing. Deaf people would be glad to hear anything. OSPREYSAINT
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2:06pm Tue 19 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

southy wrote:
huumm those comments by residence that the Echo as listed all don't live between Dock Gate 20 and the M27 they all live around the Regents Park Road area away from the Container Port Dock Entrance so Container Port Traffic will effect them very little, its those that live along Redbridge Road that will be effected by Traffic not those a long Millbrook Road.

Echo why not go and ask those that live along or close to Redbridge Road who will be most effected.
People that live in that area shouldn't really be surprised at the noise. Like people that live near railway lines, complain about the noise. people that live near airports, complain about the noise, people that live near farms complain about **** crowing, and cows mooing. Deaf people would be glad to hear anything.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: huumm those comments by residence that the Echo as listed all don't live between Dock Gate 20 and the M27 they all live around the Regents Park Road area away from the Container Port Dock Entrance so Container Port Traffic will effect them very little, its those that live along Redbridge Road that will be effected by Traffic not those a long Millbrook Road. Echo why not go and ask those that live along or close to Redbridge Road who will be most effected.[/p][/quote]People that live in that area shouldn't really be surprised at the noise. Like people that live near railway lines, complain about the noise. people that live near airports, complain about the noise, people that live near farms complain about **** crowing, and cows mooing. Deaf people would be glad to hear anything. OSPREYSAINT
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7:56pm Tue 19 Aug 14

phil maccavity says...

This story is about container vehicle deliveries being extended to 7 days
How will the people referred to by Southy distinguish the traffic noise from a container lorry to any other HGV or indeed Southy's rattly old Peugeot diesel car.
The amount of container lorry traffic is unlikely to change just be spread over 7 days rather than 4 and a half.
This story is about container vehicle deliveries being extended to 7 days How will the people referred to by Southy distinguish the traffic noise from a container lorry to any other HGV or indeed Southy's rattly old Peugeot diesel car. The amount of container lorry traffic is unlikely to change just be spread over 7 days rather than 4 and a half. phil maccavity
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2:12pm Wed 20 Aug 14

southy says...

phil maccavity wrote:
This story is about container vehicle deliveries being extended to 7 days
How will the people referred to by Southy distinguish the traffic noise from a container lorry to any other HGV or indeed Southy's rattly old Peugeot diesel car.
The amount of container lorry traffic is unlikely to change just be spread over 7 days rather than 4 and a half.
You can never get things right can you Phil, Try Citroen XM not the same engine thats put in the Peugeot, Its a diffent engine.
Sunday is the quieter day, less traffic passes them by, and that traffic from the Container port passes these people homes to get to the M271 and the M27, so your saying is that the people can not have a brake from heavy HGV traffic as it is they have to put up with 6 days of Heavy Traffic from the Container port (not 4 and half days), it flows into 6 days because the HGV drivers have to take a break away from the cab.
And the drivers them selfs should be allowed to be able to rest up at home and not having to be away 7 days a week.
Many off these people have been living in the area before the container port was built
[quote][p][bold]phil maccavity[/bold] wrote: This story is about container vehicle deliveries being extended to 7 days How will the people referred to by Southy distinguish the traffic noise from a container lorry to any other HGV or indeed Southy's rattly old Peugeot diesel car. The amount of container lorry traffic is unlikely to change just be spread over 7 days rather than 4 and a half.[/p][/quote]You can never get things right can you Phil, Try Citroen XM not the same engine thats put in the Peugeot, Its a diffent engine. Sunday is the quieter day, less traffic passes them by, and that traffic from the Container port passes these people homes to get to the M271 and the M27, so your saying is that the people can not have a brake from heavy HGV traffic as it is they have to put up with 6 days of Heavy Traffic from the Container port (not 4 and half days), it flows into 6 days because the HGV drivers have to take a break away from the cab. And the drivers them selfs should be allowed to be able to rest up at home and not having to be away 7 days a week. Many off these people have been living in the area before the container port was built southy
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2:22pm Wed 20 Aug 14

southy says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
southy wrote:
huumm those comments by residence that the Echo as listed all don't live between Dock Gate 20 and the M27 they all live around the Regents Park Road area away from the Container Port Dock Entrance so Container Port Traffic will effect them very little, its those that live along Redbridge Road that will be effected by Traffic not those a long Millbrook Road.

Echo why not go and ask those that live along or close to Redbridge Road who will be most effected.
People that live in that area shouldn't really be surprised at the noise. Like people that live near railway lines, complain about the noise. people that live near airports, complain about the noise, people that live near farms complain about **** crowing, and cows mooing. Deaf people would be glad to hear anything.
Osprey a high number of these people lived in the area before the container port was built unlike the Regents Park Road area of Millbrook which as nearly seen a compleat change of people, like Whitehouse Gardens I can remember that when it was BOC bottling plant and that was after the Container port was built.
So why are the Echo asking people in the quieter area where very little Container Traffic passes, there was a time when the Container port was not allowed to unload or load ships at night, that seems to be chuck out of the window now
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: huumm those comments by residence that the Echo as listed all don't live between Dock Gate 20 and the M27 they all live around the Regents Park Road area away from the Container Port Dock Entrance so Container Port Traffic will effect them very little, its those that live along Redbridge Road that will be effected by Traffic not those a long Millbrook Road. Echo why not go and ask those that live along or close to Redbridge Road who will be most effected.[/p][/quote]People that live in that area shouldn't really be surprised at the noise. Like people that live near railway lines, complain about the noise. people that live near airports, complain about the noise, people that live near farms complain about **** crowing, and cows mooing. Deaf people would be glad to hear anything.[/p][/quote]Osprey a high number of these people lived in the area before the container port was built unlike the Regents Park Road area of Millbrook which as nearly seen a compleat change of people, like Whitehouse Gardens I can remember that when it was BOC bottling plant and that was after the Container port was built. So why are the Echo asking people in the quieter area where very little Container Traffic passes, there was a time when the Container port was not allowed to unload or load ships at night, that seems to be chuck out of the window now southy
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2:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

phil maccavity says...

southy wrote:
phil maccavity wrote:
This story is about container vehicle deliveries being extended to 7 days
How will the people referred to by Southy distinguish the traffic noise from a container lorry to any other HGV or indeed Southy's rattly old Peugeot diesel car.
The amount of container lorry traffic is unlikely to change just be spread over 7 days rather than 4 and a half.
You can never get things right can you Phil, Try Citroen XM not the same engine thats put in the Peugeot, Its a diffent engine.
Sunday is the quieter day, less traffic passes them by, and that traffic from the Container port passes these people homes to get to the M271 and the M27, so your saying is that the people can not have a brake from heavy HGV traffic as it is they have to put up with 6 days of Heavy Traffic from the Container port (not 4 and half days), it flows into 6 days because the HGV drivers have to take a break away from the cab.
And the drivers them selfs should be allowed to be able to rest up at home and not having to be away 7 days a week.
Many off these people have been living in the area before the container port was built
Citroen XM
My word Southy this was marketed as an Executive car when Citroen first put this on the market.
You are obviously not a 'Working Man'!!!
There are no 'brakes' (I am sure no pun intended!!) anywhere on HGV traffic.
I have HGV vehicles passing my front door all times of the day and night and non of them haul containers
Docks related traffic actually only makes up less than 10% of all the HGV lorry movements in Southampton.
The vast majority relate to retail and food.
btw the container berths were built from 1967 onwards ie 47 years ago so even an old sea dog like you would have been a nipper when they were built
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]phil maccavity[/bold] wrote: This story is about container vehicle deliveries being extended to 7 days How will the people referred to by Southy distinguish the traffic noise from a container lorry to any other HGV or indeed Southy's rattly old Peugeot diesel car. The amount of container lorry traffic is unlikely to change just be spread over 7 days rather than 4 and a half.[/p][/quote]You can never get things right can you Phil, Try Citroen XM not the same engine thats put in the Peugeot, Its a diffent engine. Sunday is the quieter day, less traffic passes them by, and that traffic from the Container port passes these people homes to get to the M271 and the M27, so your saying is that the people can not have a brake from heavy HGV traffic as it is they have to put up with 6 days of Heavy Traffic from the Container port (not 4 and half days), it flows into 6 days because the HGV drivers have to take a break away from the cab. And the drivers them selfs should be allowed to be able to rest up at home and not having to be away 7 days a week. Many off these people have been living in the area before the container port was built[/p][/quote]Citroen XM My word Southy this was marketed as an Executive car when Citroen first put this on the market. You are obviously not a 'Working Man'!!! There are no 'brakes' (I am sure no pun intended!!) anywhere on HGV traffic. I have HGV vehicles passing my front door all times of the day and night and non of them haul containers Docks related traffic actually only makes up less than 10% of all the HGV lorry movements in Southampton. The vast majority relate to retail and food. btw the container berths were built from 1967 onwards ie 47 years ago so even an old sea dog like you would have been a nipper when they were built phil maccavity
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