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Vehicles parked ‘dangerously’ in Eryri National Park towed away by police

08 Apr 2023 2 minute read
Photo Traffic Wales

Almost 40 vehicles parked “dangerously” at beauty spots in Eryri National Park have been towed away by police.

North Wales Police said 29 vehicles parked dangerously on narrow mountain roads near Llyn Ogwen and nine in Pen y Pass at the bottom of Yr Wyddfa were taken away on Good Friday.

It said drivers were risking lives through “irresponsible and dangerous” parking in spots where emergency vehicles could be blocked from getting through.

Traffic Wales said the A5 was closed near Ogwen Cottage outdoor pursuits centre on the same day.

Parking in the National Park will continue to be monitored over the Easter weekend and any vehicles found to be parked on the clearway, double yellows or causing an obstruction will be removed at the owner’s expense, North Wales Police said.

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It added: “Whilst we appreciate people are visiting Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park to enjoy the weather and stunning scenery this bank holiday weekend, we are urging motorists to be responsible and think about where they park and to make full use of the park and ride facilities that are available.

“We continue to work closely with our colleagues at Gwynedd Council and the Eryri National Park to help reduce the risk to walkers, cyclists and other road users.”

The action comes after the force had urged visitors to “park responsibly” and avoid getting in the way of emergency vehicles.

On Thursday Traffic Wales tweeted a picture of vehicles parked on both sides of a narrow mountain road.

It warned: “Please park responsibly on the roads and avoid obstructing emergency vehicles. Blocking their way could lead to serious consequences.

“Let’s be considerate of our fellow road users in need and make way for emergency services. Your cooperation can save lives!”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago

They were warned!

How many parking spaces are there in the Park and Ride scheme and is it well advertised?

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
10 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Having not been that far north recntly I could not answer your question. However, the good news is that today in our 5 mile tandem trike ride we found that the considerate motorists who followed the highway code or gave way because we were a bike outnumbered the impatient ones by 10 to 1. So congratulations everybody, hope you all have an enjoyable weekend in Ceredigion. However, do beware, as the Aberystwyth Promenade parking was completely full by the time we cycled past at 11:30.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

I wonder if those who monitor the traffic in the tourist areas are taking note of the number of European vehicles that are still visiting Cymru post Brexit/Covid. Numbers arriving in the UK have fallen considerably, so early indications suggest. 2016 will mark the beginning of the end of our nearest neighbours love affair with Cymru. Hard to believe, heartbreaking to accept that Farage, Fat Shanks and Francois etc have lost us so many friends among the Dutch and Germans, French and Spanish, even the Austrians had taken a shine to us… I shall curse them to my dying day…curse… Read more »

Flobad
Flobad
10 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

The majority rules while the minority continues to whinge

Gareth Davies
10 months ago

Well done police – if tourists can’t behave responsibly when visiting these wonderful beauty spots then they have to accept the consequences 👍

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
10 months ago

Short sharp shock. They might get the message now. Cario ymlaen, swyddogion.

Windy
Windy
10 months ago

This is the first time I’ve congratulated the police

hdavies15
hdavies15
10 months ago
Reply to  Windy

Da iawn, heddlu’r Gogledd. Not the first time for me but it remains a rare event. Maybe they are rediscovering their purpose and they will continue to clamp down on this kind of disorder.

Brechdan Wncomunco
10 months ago

Tourist police we need more
Wales has too many tourists.

cashcashcars
4 months ago

The rebellious fleet of cars plays a dangerous game of hide-and-seek amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Eryri National Park. These rogue vehicles fancied themselves as mountain goats, perilously perched on narrow roads near Llyn Ogwen and Pen y Pass. But, alas, their mischievous parking blocked the way for emergency heroes in flashing attire. Fortunately, the authorities took charge, towing away these renegades reminding us all that responsible parking is the key to harmony on these winding roads. So, fellow road travelers, let’s not be road rogues; instead, let’s embrace the park-and-ride options and savor the beauty of Eryri National Park… Read more »

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