Holyhead Roadking customs plan dropped by UK Government

UK Government has dropped plans to buy the Roadking truck stop site in Holyhead to site its new customs facility. The government had been desperately hunting for a suitable location after proposals for a customs HGV facility near Llangefni were thrown out by planners. North Wales Live revealed that due to this, traffic coming into Holyhead from Dublin was set to be directed to interim sites in Birmingham and Warrington for customs checks.

It was then revealed that the Roadking truck stop at Parc Cybi was the frontrunner for the new facility - with more than 20 staff told they faced redundancy due to the move.

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But Ynys Mon MP Virginia Crosbie today said that talks to purchase the site had now stopped. She added that alternative sites had already been identified. The Brexit transition period ends in just over a week.

MP Ms Crosbie said: "Investigations by both Welsh and UK Governments have established that there is no single site immediately available in Holyhead that is big enough to support both functions.  "This means that the operations will need to be split over multiple sites.   

Ynys Mon MP Virginia Crosbie at Parc Cybi in Holyhead

"I am pleased that alternative facilities more suited to the requirements have been identified locally. "I hope to receive confirmation soon that work will go ahead resulting in the creation of over 120 new jobs in Holyhead.  

"As a result of today's announcement I hope that Road King will be able to remain open without loss of jobs.  "Looking into 2021 and beyond, Road King could be in a unique position to offer an established complimentary service to the other freight and logistics operations." The transition period comes to an end on December 31 - after which customs checks will be required on goods moving between the UK and the EU.

There is a phased approach to implementation with "controlled" goods like alcohol and tobacco in phase one on January 1.

From July all goods will be subjected to customs declarations at the point of importation and relevant tariffs applied.

These will be decided by the ongoing talks over a potential trade deal.

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