‘ Talks with landown­ers’ over fears bor­der checks could mean long tail­backs

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Hughes

THE Welsh Govern­ment is in talks to se­cure land on An­gle­sey to park up hun­dreds of lor­ries to avoid chaos at Holy­head port and on the A55 in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

With the pos­si­bil­ity of the UK leav­ing the EU with­out a deal in­creas­ing by the day, of­fi­cials have started talks with landown­ers in the area.

There are fears ad­di­tional bor­der checks after Brexit on March 29 2019 could cause huge lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems at the port, which has space con­straints. This has seen of­fi­cials start dis­cus­sions to avoid turn­ing the A55 into a gi­ant lorry car park.

Sources have told our sis­ter pa­per the Daily Post that Welsh Govern­ment de­vel­op­ment site Parc Cybi, out­side Holy­head, and the An­gle­sey Show­ground, at Mona, are among the sites be­ing con­sid­ered. Lor­ries could be parked up while any ad­di­tional checks are car­ried out to pre­vent ma­jor con­ges­tion at the ac­tual port.

One source said Parc Cybi could also be the site for a long term ad­di­tional cus­toms fa­cil­ity to sup­port the port.

A source told the Daily Post: “This is Day One plan­ning to en­sure con­tin­gen­cies are in place on March 29. There are a num­ber of sites un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.”

They said it is also be­ing ac­cepted the A55 could be used to “stack” some lor­ries as is done on the M20 in Kent for is­sues at Dover port. The source said this work clearly had to be done due to con­straints wthin the ac­tual port. They added this was a worst case sce­nario with the hope this level of dis­rup­tion will be avoided.

Welsh Govern­ment said they could not com­ment at this time.

The Post con­tacted Road King which owns the ex­ist­ing lorry park on Parc Cybi - as well as un­der­de­vel­oped land next to the A55. Bosses said they were work­ing with “all in­ter­ested par­ties”.

A spokesman for An­gle­sey coun­cil said: “Welsh Govern­ment are lead­ing on the work of identi- fy­ing con­tin­gen­cies in the event of Day 1 No Deal Brexit for traf­fic man­age­ment and po­ten­tial con­ges­tion out­side the bound­ary of Holy­head Port.

“An­gle­sey Coun­cil, the Port Au­thor­ity and other North Wales stake­hold­ers are as­sist­ing Welsh Govern­ment in this task.”

The Depart­ment for Ex­it­ing the Euro­pean Union was asked to com­ment but di­rected the Daily Post to the Welsh Govern­ment.

An­gle­sey Show­ground has been asked to com­ment.

An­gle­sey Show­ground is re­port­edly one of the sites be­ing looked at in plan­ning for “no deal” Brexit to help pre­vent queues such as this on the A55 near Holy­head be­com­ing rou­tine (right)

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