Welsh Government to reopen island lorry park whose closure was described as 'advancement into chaos'

Holyhead Border Control Post at Parc Cybi -Credit:Welsh Government
Holyhead Border Control Post at Parc Cybi -Credit:Welsh Government

Welsh Government is to reopen an Anglesey lorry park whose closure was described as an "advancement into chaos". The government created the park on Parc Cybi to meet demand for additional checks at Holyhead after Brexit and after the loss of another truck site.

It had proved a much-needed facility, particularly as the previous Road King site was closed when HMRC took on their site for a £45m customs post. The Welsh Government is building a separate border post for sanitary and phytosanitary checks on plant and animal products – all part of the additional red tape after the UK left the EU.

Back in March, North Wales Live revealed that the 60-bay park on plot 9 was being closed after being contacted by a staff member. It sparked fears over the impact, with concerns about lorries clogging up laybys and other roadside places in and around the port town.

One staff member said: “Surely closing this site is not a solution but an advancement into chaos."

Now the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport, Ken Skates has confirmed the site will reopen on Monday. They said the site had closed due to budgetary pressures, with a commitment back then to work closely with key partners to provide a cost-effective service as soon as possible.

The Cabinet Secretary said: “I’m pleased that following discussions with partners we are able to re-open this facility, which will provide a free area for HGVs to stop before or after using Holyhead port. While there is no statutory requirement for the Welsh Government to provide this facility, we know that since the closure of Roadking, there is a need for a space like this for HGVs. It brings benefits to the port and wider area.

“We needed to find a cost-effective way to provide this service, which we know is appreciated locally and by the HGV drivers who use it. It’s good news this has now been achieved. We will continue to work with partners to find a long-term solution but this facility at Plot 9, Parc Cybi, will remain open until that time.”

A member of staff has been retained for the reopening and local suppliers used.

Ynys Mon MS Rhun ap Iorwerth said: "I welcome Welsh Government’s announcement that the post-Brexit lorry parking facility in Parc Cybi will re-open next week. This is a vital part of Holyhead Port’s infrastructure, and we know from previous experience the difficulties that come from not having a suitable, nearby location for HGVs to park in.

“I wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport on the announcement of the closure of the park to outline mine and the community’s concerns and to ask him to do all he could to re-open the facility at pace. I’m glad that he’s listened to those concerns. Welsh Government’s announcement does include reference to reducing the operating model to achieve a more cost-effective service. I will continue to make enquiries to ensure that this doesn’t mean a significant decline in the quality of service provided at the park.”