Russell George AM – the Shadow Welsh Minister for Transport – has called on the Welsh Government to provide support to Holyhead Port during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
While some freight services continue between Wales and Ireland, the reduction in the number of passenger services has led to calls for Welsh Government financial support to fill the gap between a reduced income and the running costs of maintaining the important strategic international transport and freight route between Dublin and Holyhead.
Mr George said:
Holyhead is suffering because of the pandemic, and it is incumbent on the Welsh Government to keep this link operating for vital freight deliveries during this period of economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic.
The impact of Coronavirus on the day-to-day operations of both Holyhead Port’s ferry operators – Stena Line and Irish Ferries – has been described as ‘severe’ with both having reportedly curtailed services, but remaining committed to maintaining transport of critical freight.
Trade, including food and other supplies, must be kept moving, and so we Welsh Conservatives re looking to the Welsh Government to say what action it is going to take over this devolved matter.