LORRY PARKS SOUGHT AS WG PLANS FOR ‘NO DEAL’ BREXIT
‘ Talks with landowners’ over fears border checks could mean long tailbacks
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)