Brexit ‘directly hitting Welsh ports’ says economy minister

Brexit ‘directly hitting Welsh ports’ says economy minister as Irish plan to sail directly to France

Brexit will have a direct impact on Welsh ports as traders and hauliers bypass travel through the UK by taking ferry sailings between Ireland and France instead, a Welsh Government minister has said.

MV Stena Superfast X leaving Holyhead. Picture by Reading Tom (CC BY 2.0)

Stena and Irish Ferries will in January start running the new daily services from Dublin and Rosslare to Cherbourg in France to provide hauliers with a frequent service with continental Europe.

That will mean less traffic through Holyhead and Fishguard ports in Wales.

The Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters, commented online that it would mean that “Brexit uncertainty” was “directing hitting west Wales ports”.

“So much for levelling up” he added, referring to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise to develop the economies of nations and regions across the UK.

The new ferry services will take at least 18 hours, making the journey longer than the current direct route through the UK to mainland Europe favoured by hauliers transporting time-sensitive loads.

However, it was revealed yesterday that trucks travelling to Holyhead from Ireland will need to drive to check-in stations in England before arriving at their destination.

No facility has been built on Anglesey to deal with the lorries and may not be ready for two years, so the lorries will be directed to interim sites in Birmingham and Warrington . . . .

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