'Nightmare' for hauliers as demand swamps landside services at port of Liverpool

Peak vessel demand at the UK port of Liverpool last week brought severe landside delays and nightmarish waits for hauliers at the T1 terminal, according to a spokesperson for Peel Ports.

Feedback to The Loadstar this morning from hauliers suggested turnaround times for vehicles at T1 was “still very slow”, with the problem appearing to be a lack of straddle carriers to serve the landside operation.

The spokesperson said: “Extended haulier wait times last week were a result of peak vessel demand and a temporary suspension of operations at Terminal 1 due to an influx of traffic and time required to ensure the allocation of orderly and safe queuing patterns.”

The Loadstar heard complaints from several hauliers last week that delays at the port had reached “boiling point” for the trucking sector; that it was “soul destroying” trying to get VBS appointments and for drivers stranded in hours-long queues to pick up or drop off boxes.

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Source: The Loadstar