Truck stop saving North Wales town from HGV hell could face closure

A new truck stop set up to ensure HGVs didn’t once again bring parking chaos to Holyhead faces an uncertain future unless investment is found. Truckers parking up in laybys and other roadside sites before entering or leaving Holyhead port had once been a major issue in the town and surrounding area. It was solved when Roadking built their truck stop at Parc Cybi in 2015 but that site closed this summer with HMRC taking on the land and buildings for a planned Brexit customs post.

Kevin Bryant and Paula Goodsir, of Goodsir Coaches, stepped in with a new site on the Penrhos industrial estate, with space for up to 40 cabs and toilet, shower and waiting room facilities.

They have been busy since opening but because they are not connected to mains water, sewerage and electric it is costing them more to run the site than the income coming in.

Rhun ap Iorwerth, Senedd member for Ynys Mon with Kevin Bryant of Goodsir Coaches

The firm hopes it can secure investment support, saying as well as being a commercial operation it is also providing a vital service to truckers and the community. Rhun ap Iorwerth, Senedd member for Ynys Mon, has been supporting Goodsir coaches and their enterprise, and has written to Anglesey County Council and the Welsh Government to seek their support. Mr Bryant said: “We opened the day after Roadking closed at the end of July and the demand has grown since then through word of mouth and Facebook.

“We are now often filled to capacity and sometimes turning people away. The demand is there but because we are not connected to the mains for water, sewerage or electric we are paying a lot for toilet and shower facilities and for a generator.

“The business is ‘wiping its feet’ at the moment but still losing between GBP1,000 and GBP1,500 a month. It is supported by income from the bus company but as everyone knows that sector is struggling too.

There is only so long we can run this at a loss. “Investment to connect the site would mean we could make a profit here. We support five local jobs at the site and while this is a commercial venture it is also providing an important service to the community and truckers.

They get the rough end of the stick when there are no facilities.

“If we can get this site right we are also looking at other locations if the demand is there. “But the investment is needed, the sooner the better.” The sums being talked about are less than GBP10,000 based on current quotes.

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“I’m already hearing reports of lorries parking around the town and as we look for a new solution, here we have what could certainly be a part of the answer and I’m hoping this local company are given the support they deserve – it will not only help them, but also the town of Holyhead.”