VILLAGE PROMISED ACTION OVER GRIDLOCK NEAR BEAUTY SPOT
ACOMMUNITY has been promised action to solve “traffic chaos” following reports that “bumper to bumper” gridlock has seen motorists stranded for up to 30 minutes.
Ynys Llanddwyn, off the coast of 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 tidal island has long been an issue, with the only public vehicle access to the car park being the narrow road leading from the village of Newborough along Church Street.
According to local traders, delays of half an hour have been reported during bank holidays and the height of summer as motorists try to manoeuvre from one end of the village to the other.
Responding to long-running calls for action, the community council held a public meeting last Wednesday, which was attended by representatives from both Anglesey Council’s highways department and Natural Resources Wales (NRW), who manage much of the land surrounding the island.
Several calls were made for NRW to consider options including re-opening former roads and operating a one-way system to avoid vehicles having
to pass on the narrow winding road now in use.
Some locals, among the 100 or so in attendance, also claimed they were unable to use the road to walk down to St Peter’s Church, near the ancient Llys Rhosyr royal court, due to the volume of traffic.
Dylan Williams of NRW said an additional problem was continued erosion of the car park, which they expected to and only years.
While they were looking at using various access roads to dissipate traffic, their condition means this is “not something that can be achieved overnight.”
Mr Williams said: “We will have to implement new parking arrangements, but what we don’t want to do is just build another bigger car park.
“Drawing more visitors in to be operational for 15 use the existing infrastructure just won’t work. We need to look at the whole area, working with the council, to find a longer term solution.
“One proposal is to re-open the road and implement a oneway system towards the Malltraeth end and Llyn Parc Mawr but at this stage we can’t promise anything. There are several ways under consideration.”
Cllr Tim Owen, chair of Rhosyr Community Council, said: “This has been a great opportunity for everyone to have their say. Many issues have been raised, which hopefully have been taken on board, but we don’t want to lose the momentum.”
A spokesperson for Anglesey council said: “We are aware of the high concentration of traffic through Newborough, especially during peak season. We have met with the local councillors and community council and are working with Natural Resources Wales to find a resolution.”
● Traffic flow is a major problem in Newborough, especially in summer, and 100 villagers attended a meeting with authorities to seek solutions (inset)