Se­ri­ous is­sues on A5 ‘must be tack­led’

Caernarfon Herald - - CRAFT CREATIONS -

THE WELSH Gov­ern­ment has been ac­cused of fail­ing to act over prob­lem park­ing on a sec­tion of the A5 in Gwynedd that’s pop­u­lar with climbers and walk­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to sev­eral lo­cal coun­cil­lors, the on­go­ing is­sue of ve­hi­cles park­ing along the A5 in the Llyn Og­wen area is a cause for con­cern, with the con­ges­tion dur­ing busier pe­ri­ods mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for ve­hi­cles to pass each other and rais­ing the risk of an ac­ci­dent.

Cllr Dafydd Meurig, who has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the En­vi­ron­ment within Gwynedd, has been in touch with the Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for Econ­omy and Trans­port to ask for ur­gent ac­tion and a clear plan to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem, sug­gest­ing that one po­ten­tial so­lu­tion could be a new park and ride sys­tem.

But, with six months hav­ing passed since the Min­is­ter re­ceived a fea­si­bil­ity study of the park­ing prob­lems at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions on the A5 near Bwthyn Og­wen and Llyn Og­wen, Cllr Meurig has ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion at the on­go­ing wait for the re­port to be pub­lished.

He said: “We know, as lo­cal peo­ple liv­ing in this area, this is a his­tor­i­cal prob­lem.

“We wel­come vis­i­tors to the area, it is a thriv­ing in­dus­try that sup­ports lo­cal fam­i­lies, bring­ing huge eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the area and we are proud to be able to open the doors and share this mag­nif­i­cent part of Snow­do­nia.

“But it comes at a cost, and, un­for­tu­nately, one of those is the cost it brings to lo­cal peo­ple try­ing to go about their daily lives. It is also at a cost to the vis­i­tors them­selves, who are try­ing to en­joy Snow­do­nia, but who face se­ri­ous prob­lems in do­ing so.”

Cllr Meurig has sent pic­tures of the prob­lems di­rect to the Min­is­ter so he can see the dif­fi­cul­ties for him­self, ac­com­pa­ny­ing a let­ter sent on be­half of the lo­cal Dyf­fryn Og­wen coun­cil­lors.

At the Senedd last month, Ar­fon AM Sian Gwen­l­lian also re­quested an up­date on when the fea­si­bil­ity study look­ing at the park­ing is­sues would be re­leased, only to be told that the re­port was in the process of trans­la­tion be­fore its im­mi­nent pub­li­ca­tion.

Cllr Meurig con­cluded: “The on­go­ing de­lay is to­tally un­ac­cept­able. An­other tourist pe­riod has passed with a to­tal lack of ac­tion on the Gov­ern­ment’s be­half.

“It is high time so­lu­tions are found and in place by the Easter pe­riod 2019.

“We feel we need to look at all the pos­si­ble op­tions: from im­pos­ing park­ing re­stric­tion on the A5 in the Llyn Og­wen area, to com­pul­sory park­ing fees, from the Sherpa bus ser­vice to park and ride from nearby lo­ca­tions.

“From the dis­cus­sions lo­cally, the so­lu­tion could also have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the econ­omy of neigh­bour­ing ar­eas such as Bethesda and Capel Curig.”

The Welsh Gov­ern­ment has been asked to com­ment.

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