Drivers across Teesside were affected with parts of the A1085 Trunk Road closed, along with the 'Mad Mile' and the Tees Dock Road. Drivers took alternative routes to avoid road closures, but those alternative routes soon become busier than usual. The Police kept the Trunk Road roundabout clear which was an improvement from last week and reduced the gridlock around the area.
Chief Superintendent Dave Sutherland: “I would like to personally thank members of the public for their patience with the traffic disruption caused by the protest in the Tees Dock Road area so far which has now ended for today.
“Our officers have responded to an on-going industrial dispute involving several hundred workers who blocked the main road entering the Teesport area.
“This is an extremely challenging situation for our officers to deal with and at all times our utmost priority is on ensuring the safety of the public. It is important to recognise that we also have a duty to facilitate peaceful protests and to minimise the impact of any protest on the wider community.
“Police will only use force when deemed necessary and so far we have been attempting to negotiate with the protesters in an effort to alleviate any further disruption or delay as much as possible.
“Any criminal action by or against protesters will not be tolerated and will be dealt with appropriately.
“Tomorrow we are expecting the protesters to return and we would ask you to please consider using alternative routes until further notice.
“We understand how frustrating the protests have been for people living and working in the affected areas and we will do our best to keep the traffic moving to cause the least amount of delay possible.”