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Welsh government calls for action as ro ro traffic slumps

[ January 27, 2021   //   ]

Welsh Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates has written to the UK Government calling for action to help ports cope with a 50-70% slump in traffic as the result of Brexit.

He says that hauliers are avoiding the land bridge route via Great Britain and also that freight traffic which used to travel between Wales and Northern Ireland via the Republic of Ireland is now rerouting through the north of England or Scotland direct or is not travelling at all.

He said: “The Welsh Government is committed to doing what we can to help businesses navigate and become confident with new border processes which have resulted from the choices the UK Government made about how to leave the EU. These processes are not teething troubles, they are the permanent consequence of the UK Government’s choices.

“The systems involved are the responsibility of the UK Government, and we need to see detailed support and training to make sure businesses and hauliers are confident using new border processes to keep goods moving as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

He said that he had written to the UK Government to ask what its plan was for reversing the reduction in traffic and how they propose to compensate those communities most impacted.