Port working periods change
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• Port and transport interests in London met last week to discuss problems arising from the operation of Devlin Phase II and double-shift working in the enclosed docks of the Port of London.
The meeting was between the Road Haulage Association, the Freight Transport Association, London Ocean Trades Employers Association, London Port Employers and the Port of London Authority.
To assist in obtaining the maximum benefit for import and export deliveries from the extended port working hours, it was agreed that the booking periods for all vehicle appointment schemes, covering both imports and exports, at present operating will be amended. From Monday, November 2 1970 the following periods will operate: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vehicles booked into any period will not be accepted earlier than half an hour before the appointment period.
The meeting accepted the importance of vehicle appointment schemes for all import and export traffic, having regard to the present restrictions on drivers' hours, and it was agreed to actively pursue the extension of such schemes to all berths in the enclosed docks.
A number of matters concerning the parking of vehicles, provision of amenities, public telephones etc. were discussed and the representatives agreed to progress all these matters.