Port of Ipswich handles large salt delivery to help keep Suffolk roads safe

April 3, 2019

From the left, Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager at Associated British Ports, Councillor Mary Evans, of Suffolk County Council, Wayne Saunders and Aaron Gordon of Suffolk Highways, Andrew Harston, Director, Short Sea Ports, Associated British Ports and Andy Constable, Head of Operations at Associated British Ports, pictured with 5,000 tonnes of salt for Suffolk roads, at ABP's Port of Ipswich. Picture: Stephen Waller

The Port of Ipswich has recently handled a large shipment containing 5,000 tonnes of imported road salt, to be used by Suffolk Highways to help make local roads safer.
By transporting this road salt as far as possible by sea, ABP has helped minimise the impact on the local road network and has ensured that Suffolk is prepared for any further cold weather conditions.

ABP took the opportunity to invite colleagues from Suffolk County Council including cabinet member Councillor Mary Evans and members of the Suffolk gritting team to see the salt cargo arriving at the port.

Mark Stevens, Suffolk Highways’ Assistant Director, said: “Despite the weather gradually getting warmer, it is important to be prepared for every eventuality. This salt delivery has topped up our stock so that we can both effectively treat the roads as and when required, and continue to complement each other’s winter maintenance service.

“Our salt barns remain well-stocked for any sudden deterioration in conditions.”

Paul Ager, ABP Divisional Port Manager – East Anglia, said: “We were delighted to work closely with Suffolk Highways and Suffolk County Council to ensure that we have sufficient product to ensure the ongoing safety of roads in our county, whatever the weather.

“Our port’s close proximity to the A14 means that we are able to deliver the road salt to Highway England’s depot at Whitehouse quickly and efficiently, while avoiding extra traffic in the town centre.”