Holyhead truck stop staff made redundant as UK Government secures Roadking site for customs facility

Holyhead truck stop staff have been told they are being made redundant as UK Government secures the Roadking site for a new customs post. The government had been desperately hunting for a suitable location after proposals for a customs HGV facility on Anglesey Show's existing park-and-ride facility on the Mona Industrial Estate 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.

Last Wednesday it was confirmed that the Roadking truck stop in Holyhead and Bryn Cegin business park in Bangor were the two sites under consideration for a local facility. Now around 24 workers at Roadking have been informed they are due to lose their roles at the truck stop after a deal had been agreed with UK Government. It is understood the company had been under pressure to sell the site - which has been highly successful since opening in 2015 in a joint venture between Bet Fred boss Fred Done and Conygar.

They were told it was vital for the port to have this facility close by with fears over the impact of customs being more than 100 miles away from Holyhead. There will also be roles created with the customs facility - and it is understood there could be significantly more than at the site at present - although this will be scant consolation to those losing their jobs just weeks before Christmas. Roadking, which has 300 truck stop bays and a popular cafe at the site, were not available for comment.

UK Government have been asked to comment. 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. Last week Ynys Mon MS Rhun ap Iorwerth said: "Government must find a site in Holyhead.

"Common sense states that you want this as close to the port as possible." Virginia Crosbie, MP for Ynys Mon, last week said: "I have held regular meetings with HMG who are working alongside the Welsh Government, Isle of Anglesey County Council and other key stakeholders to make an early decision on a viable long-term site. "Within my many discussions I have emphasised how important it is that we keep jobs on the island and I can assure the people of Anglesey that I will continue to fight for this to be a priority.

"I am expecting a decision imminently and hope that this will include job opportunities for those on Anglesey." If there is a trade deal, the detail of customs declarations in terms of the duties and charges associated may change, but fundamentally from January 1 customs declarations and security fillings will be required. Sign up here to our newsletter for the latest North Wales coronavirus news delivered straight to your inbox for free.

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