If additional space is required to for HGVs attempting to cross the Irish Sea at Holyhead Port in the event of a No Deal Brexit, Welsh Government has revealed one of its plans to tackle the problem in a response to Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth today.
Plans to secure additional capacity for up to 1,000 HGVS wanting to cross at Holyhead have long since been publicised, but today Welsh Government revealed what steps it would take if even further capacity was needed, outlining how contraflows would be used to ease non-port traffic in and out of the busy town if necessary.
Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Ynys Môn Mr ap Iorwerth sought updates from Welsh Government today regarding their plans for Holyhead Port with a possible crash-out Brexit on October 31st edging nearer.
Mr ap Iorwerth said:
“I am pleased that preparations have been made to ensure ease of passage for vehicles across the A55 after October 31st and that roadworks will be cleared to make sure that there aren’t any additional obstacles for the problems that traffic will encounter on the way to Holyhead.
“I have asked Welsh Government today to divulge more about their plans to minimise the impact of disruption at the port of Holyhead on local traffic specifically.
“We know capacity in Holyhead is around 600 lorries and there are plans that have been explained to us previously to have a couple of extra locations available to increase that capacity to around 1,000 HGVS, but there is potential of problems within the locality of the port that has traffic problems as it is.”
In response Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates said:
“Rhun ap Iorwerth is absolutely right that on site and with another area that we have secured there will be room for just under 1000 HGVs.
“In the event that additional space is required our proposals are to utilise the westbound carriageway of the A55 and have contraflow traffic on the eastbound carriageway.
“We wish to minimise disruption at the port of Holyhead but we cannot guarantee that in the event of hauliers not obtaining appropriate documentation that they won’t be turned back and stacked on the A55, but we wish to avoid this if at all possible.”