Emergency Parking Measures for Snowdon
Following numerous examples of irresponsible parking in the Pen-y-pass area of Snowdonia last weekend, authorities are working together to implement emergency measures to address the situation.
Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park and North Wales Police have agreed a joint approach for the coming weeks to ensure motorists park responsibly. From Saturday 25th July, the Sherpa bus service which links the area’s main car parks with the various summit paths will be running every 15 minutes between 6.45am and 6.40pm and walkers are asked to use the service to access Pen-y-pass.
Staff from Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park and North Wales Police will be on duty in the area over the weekend to remind motorists of their responsibility. Signs are being installed to warn motorists that those who flout the rules are liable to be towed by the police, and cones will also be placed to discourage parking on the highway.
On weekends, the car-park at Pen-y-pass will be a drop-off site for buses and taxis only, to reinforce the message that walkers should park in Llanberis and Nant Peris and use the regular Sherpa bus services. It follows scenes last weekend where inconsiderate motorists had parked illegally, blocking one of the main routes skirting the foot of Snowdon.
Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Gwynedd Council Leader said: “Our message for people who intend to visit Snowdonia is to plan in advance before they set-off so that they can do so safely and responsibly.
“We are urging motorists to make full use of the car-parking facilities available at Nant Peris and Llanberis as well as at nearby Pen-y-gwryd and to check the National Park’s website for up-to-date details of their car parks.
“Walkers are also encouraged to use the regular Sherpa bus service which will be running every 15 minutes from 6.45am from Saturday onwards and which links all the main Snowdon car parks with the various summit paths. This will help us to control the traffic on these narrow mountain routes and avoid the dangerous situations which we saw last weekend.
More info: https://www.snowdonia.gov.wales/authority/news-and-media/latest-news/2020-press-releases/2020-news-items/a-joint-press-release-between-gwynedd-council,-snowdonia-national-park-authority-and-north-wales-police