Calls to cut traf­fic grid­lock on route to sea­side

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

GRID­LOCK caused by sum­mer traf­fic as peo­ple head to a sea­side hotspot calls for “out­side the box think­ing” to solve the prob­lem, say coun­cil­lors.

Ynys Lland­dwyn, in An­gle­sey, is known for its light­house, pi­lots’ cot­tages and church ru­ins, and at­tracts tens of thou­sands of vis­i­tors each year.

But get­ting to and from the is­land has long been an is­sue, with the only pub­lic ve­hi­cle ac­cess to the car park which serves the is­land be­ing the nar­row road lead­ing from New­bor­ough along Church Street.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal traders, de­lays of up to 30 min­utes have been re­ported dur­ing the height of sum­mer in New­bor­ough as mo­torists try to ma­noeu­vre from one end of the vil­lage to the other.

As a re­sult, calls are now be­ing made for ac­tion to tackle the is­sue, in­clud­ing look­ing at reopening for­mer roads and op­er­at­ing a one-way sys­tem.

Grid­lock has been known to be an even big­ger prob­lem when a large con­gre­ga­tion con­venes at St Peter’s Church, which lies near the an­cient Llys Rhosyr royal court.

Cllr Bryan Owen, who rep­re­sents Bro Aberf­fraw on An­gle­sey Coun­cil, said: “We want to al­le­vi­ate the pres­sure on the vil­lage. There are times when it’s bumper to bumper in New­bor­ough it­self. This has an ef­fect on lo­cals and busi­nesses, with peo­ple strug­gling to reach the church.”

Fel­low Bro Aberf­fraw coun­cil­lor Peter Rogers added: “It’s ab­so­lutely chock-a-block now, which is down to the ex­tra foot­fall as a re­sult of the pop­u­lar­ity of Ynys Lland­dwyn.

“It’s a won­der­ful area, but we just can’t man­age the traf­fic go­ing through, and it’s im­pact­ing nowhere more than the lo­cal church.”

A spokesper­son for An­gle­sey coun­cil said: “We are aware of the high con­cen­tra­tion of traf­fic through New­bor­ough, es­pe­cially dur­ing peak sea­son, which is partly due to the pop­u­lar­ity of Ynys Lland­dwyn and New­bor­ough For­est.

“We have met with the lo­cal coun­cil­lors and com­mu­nity coun­cil and are cur­rently work­ing to­gether with Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales to find a res­o­lu­tion that will help ease the con­ges­tion.”

Cllrs Bryan Owen and Peter Rogers

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