Humber's economic driver pushes road safety either side of port gates

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Mar 2018

ABP is launching a high level partnership with Highways England and Safer Roads Humber, focussing on keeping drivers safe either side of the port gates.

Immingham, the UK’s largest port by tonnage, welcomes and waves off 2,000 lorries a day, as cargoes head to or from the quaysides and terminals, transporting all manner of imported and exported goods. 

From 40ft containers with electrical goods destined for high street retailers, to car transporters and huge tippers filled with coal heading for regional power stations, road plays a vital role in keeping the huge economic driver functioning.

And as such, the Humber has become a haulage hotspot, with a concentration of companies.

Building on an internal Beyond Zero safety campaign, senior managers from local haulage firms were being brought together at Catch in Stallingborough to learn about initiatives, while being invited commit to their own safety pledges.

A spokesperson for the port giant said: “The Port of Immingham, the UK’s largest port by tonnage, sees around 2,000 lorries attend the estate on a daily basis and we’re committed to improving their safety, to ensure that they’re able to go home to their families at the end of the working day.

“The new safety partnership with Highways England and Safer Roads Humber focuses on keeping drivers safe, both on the ports and on the public road network.

“At ABP, we’re keen to make a difference to the safety of hauliers who frequent our port and also come into contact with the general public who use the regional road network.”

Mike McHale, head of health and safety for ABP, was to outline the impact of workplace transport on the wider community, with Richard Marshall, regional director of Highways England – the Government’s road infrastructure body – introducing the approach to safety. 

The collaborative approach of all partners was then to be explained, building on Safer Roads Humber, an existing group launched back in 2007 with Humberside Police, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council and Humberside Fire & Rescue Service joined by Highways England It is tasked with improving road safety and casualty reduction on the region’s roads, delivering through education, engineering and enforcement. 

The latest enforcement tools were also to be on show, as well as initiatives such as Driving for Better Business, focused on occupational road risk work, and Operation Tramline, a drive-on tyre checker that could be heading to the port. 

ABP’s own vehicle checks were also outlined, with the latest technology including scanners and virtual reality sessions explained.

It comes as road access to Port of Immingham has been significantly improved in the past year, with the completion of the dualling of the A160 which leads to the western entrance, having involving an entirely new interchange with the A180. There has also been the extension of the A1173 from the Stallingborough interchange south, taking traffic destined for southern routes away from Immingham town centre.

North East Lincolnshire Council is now working on a strategic link road between the ports of Grimsby and Immingham that would also take the A180 out of the equation, linking Hobson Road, Stallingborough with Moody Lane, Grimsby. 

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