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Pen y Pass Car Park Update

Authorities come together to implement emergency parking measures for Snowdon

The Snowdonia National Park, North Wales Police and Gwynedd Council have come together to  implement emergency measures to avoid a recurrence of  the unprecedented scenes seen over the weekend where around 500 cars parked illegally at Pen y Pass.

The authorities are also rapidly moving forward a long term transport strategy that has been in development since January 2020. It is an innovative strategy based on a sustainable alpine style model of transport, that radically re-thinks the way the area is used by visitors.

In the meantime, the authorities will work together to relocate parking to the Park and Ride serviced car parks in Nant Peris and  Llanberis, which have a much larger capacity in terms of spaces, and remove Pen y Pass as an option on weekends. This new arrangement will be complemented by a vastly increased bus service with buses running every 15 minutes, and strong enforcement measures to deter illegal parking on the roads.

Anyone wanting to walk the PyG or Miners’ tracks on the weekend will need to use the park and ride service from Nant Peris and Llanberis until further notice, and there will be a significantly increased Sherpa service running every 15 minutes. Pen y Pass car park will become a drop-off only zone.

A raft of road safety and enforcement measures will also be implemented including traffic cones, road signage and a tow-away zone. Police and Traffic Wardens will also step up patrols in the area.

The authorities will carefully monitor the impact and effectiveness of the emergency measures over the coming weeks and adapt and evolve were necessary.

To read the full joint statement click here