December Travel on the A55

A quick warning to our members who may be planning to come to Holyhead for sailing or boat maintenance:

At the end of December the contingency plans for the stacking of lorries going to the ferrys in Holyhead haev been pubished. This is likely to cause considerable disruption to local travel along the A55 into Holyhead. This information was published in the local papers and updated as of midnight 7th December 2020.

As part of the Welsh Government’s plans to minimise disruption the following measures are being introduced:

  • A temporary contraflow is to be introduced on the A55 between Junction 2 – 3 with the option to extend to 4 if required. This will be in place from December 28 ready for use from January 1. Contraflow on the A55 could provide space for 240 HGVs if other sites were full or full use of Parc Cybi and Roadking is not possible.

  • All HGVs turned away from the port will be redirected to the contraflow where they will either be stacked while they sort their paperwork or redirected to other sites off Junction 2 if there is space.

  • Plot 9 Parc Cybi is being prepared as a stacking site from mid-January and negotiations are continuing to use the Roadking truck stop as a site from January 1. Parc Cybi Plot 9 can potentially hold 150 HGVs and will be ready from mid January Roadking truck stop can potentially hold 180 HGVs

  • Stacking on the A55 remains the contingency option to use should there be no space on any other site. The temporary contraflow will be used to redirect HGVs if other sites are available for stacking. This means the site may appear empty at times but is still being used at busy times to safely redirect HGVs. It is not possible to dismantle the contraflow in between busy times.

The UK Government’s Border Operating Model sets out that physical checks will not be conducted on the majority of inbound goods until July 2021 and discussions are ongoing about the infrastructure required to deliver those checks - with a deal being negotiated to take on the Roadking site. Until then lorries will be checked at sites in Warrington and Birmingham.

Please be aware that an email is being sent out by a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who works for Morlais. The email subject is:

"Please respond - Request for a brief chat re Navigation and theMorlais Tidal Energy Project, Anglesey"

We have been advised by the RYA Cymru Wales not to respond to this request as this is being dealt with by their professionals on our behalf. There are serious ramifications to safety and sailing routes used by club members and visitors alike if this project receives approval in its current state. 

This has been a long campaign by our club and RYA Cymru Wales and we have an online discussion scheduled for next week. Here is the text of RYA Cymru Wales CEO's email: 

Dear all,

Prior to the RYA meeting with clubs impacted by the Morlais Demonstration Zone (MDZ)next week: the RYA is aware that Mr Mike Banner is working on behalf of Morlais/ Menter Môn and contacting recreational users for their views. Please note that Mr Banner’s work is solely on behalf of the Morlais Demonstration Zone (MDZ) applicant and NOT the RYA. The RYA looks forward to agreeing a common position between the clubs next week.

We will then take this forward, on all your behalf, in discussions with Mr Banner and his employer Morlais/ Menter Môn. In the meantime, clubs can direct Mr Banner to the RYA Planning and Environment Officer, Richard Hill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if necessary.

Best wishes

Gerwyn

 If you have any questions on this issue please contact one of your club's directors.

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The club has been sent the RYA's response to ORML 1938 Morlais Tidal Array (MTA). We are sharing the RYA's reponse which is very detailed with particular attention to the navigational issues on the eastern side of the demonstration zone. The detailed response can be seen on this link: RYA Consultation Response

Screenshot 2020 02 09 at 14.47.47The current application has changed from the original Minesto application with proposed export lines now being brought ashore near Porth Dafarch then overland to join the National Grid. 

The scheme apprication can be seen on this link: NAVIGATION RISK ASSESSMENT - MORLAIS TIDAL DEMONSTRATION ZONE

If you have any questions or concerns please email us and we will try to reolve any issues. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clwb Hwylio Caergybi - Holyhead Sailing Club 

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