Almost immediately a no deal Brexit could cause severe disruption to the transport network and connected services within Wales.
Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport said, “We are already seeing this impact as we have to make decisions on the assumption that we will crash out of the EU without a deal at the end of October.
“Whilst emergency works cannot be discounted if necessary, there will be no planned daytime lane closure roadworks on the westbound A55 between 31 October and the end of the year.”
This will ensure that any disruption as a result of customs checks at Holyhead will not be compounded by any works on the A55. However, it will have an impact on the programme of roadworks, which could easily have been avoided without a cliff-edge Brexit.
“We cannot address all the causes of this disruption, with border arrangements and customs processes the responsibility of the UK Government. However, we are working closely with ports in Wales, the ferry operators and local partners to manage any knock-on traffic disruption safely.
“We are aiming to minimise the impact of disruption at the port on local traffic around Holyhead and ensure local people can continue to travel.
For Pembroke Dock and Fishguard, our analysis suggests delayed vehicles could be managed within the port. We are keeping this under constant review, in case extra contingency measures are needed.”
It is vital, to ensure the flow of traffic at the border is as smooth as possible, and that hauliers have the right documentation upon arrival at ports to allow them to travel.
“We have been working with ferry operators to ensure their customers are aware of the documentation they will need and are encouraging all hauliers arriving at Welsh ferry ports to have the right documentation ready, and not risk being turned away.
“I have outlined our ambitious plans for the transport network many times in this Chamber – I do not want to see them derailed by a no deal by default.
“However, despite the challenges a no deal Brexit would pose, it will remain crucial to invest in our transport infrastructure and press our vision for an integrated public transport network – providing vital stimulus to the Welsh economy at a time of economic turmoil.”