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Preparing a transport strategy for the Snowdon area

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2 September 2019

The Snowdonia National Park Authority are working with Gwynedd Council and Conwy Council to develop a long term strategy to address the transport and parking issues around Snowdon and the surrounding areas as part of the Snowdon Partnership Plan.

As part of the Snowdon Partnership Plan the SNPA recognises the need to solve the transport and parking issues in the area surrounding Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). The Partnership brings representatives of the organisations and landowners that are responsible for managing the mountain at grassroots level together.

Tourism brings an estimated £69m a year to the local area, but it also brings significant pressures on the mountain and surrounding area. Yr Wyddfa is the most popular mountain in the UK with nearly 600,000 people reaching the summit every year, and is now the 2nd most visited attraction in Wales. It is estimated that in August car parks are over their capacity on 27 days out of 31, and visitor numbers are increasing year on year.

To ensure the needs of local users are met, to be more sustainable, and to lessen the impact on local communities whilst also enhancing visitors’ experience our aim is to develop solutions that address these issues in a comprehensive way. The first step will be to commission a study of the area in relation to the parking and transport issues.

The key focus of the study will be to provide recommendations to help us take a sustainable approach to managing the parking and transport problems around Yr Wyddfa. It will analyse and summarise all of the relevant data and information; engage with key stakeholders on the needs and challenges; and provide proven options on the way forward. The next step will be implementing these recommendations effectively.

The new Snowdon Partnership Officer – Catrin Glyn – will coordinate this study which aims to fulfil one of the key objectives within the Snowdon Partnership Plan – which is to provide sustainable transport and parking that meets the need of local people and visitors. This in turn will enhance visitor experience, reduce the impact on local communities and address safety issues that can occur by parking on the road.

SNPA’s Snowdon Partnership Officer, Catrin Glyn said;

“One of the key issues raised over and over again when we were developing the Snowdon Partnership Plan, was the parking problems in the area. Car parks are increasingly beyond capacity in peak season and there are major problems caused by parking in inappropriate locations. This has caused difficulties for local communities and causing road safety issues. This initial study will pave the way in providing a fresh new approach to parking and transport in the area”.

Cyngor Gwynedd Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Gareth Wyn Griffith said;

“Some £3.2 million has been invested in transport infrastructure through the Green Key Initiative between 2002 and 2012.  The main objective of the Green Key Project was to develop opportunities to generate revenue in order to support the public transport requirements in Northern Snowdonia and to help maintain some of the footpaths in the area.

We believe that the Snowdonia Partnership is essential in order to ensure that we work collaboratively in order to build on the success of the past to meet the challenges of the future.”

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Notes to Editors

The Snowdon Partnership brings together the organisations and landowners that are responsible for the on-the-ground management of the mountain, ranging from conservation work and path management to tourism, farming and mountain rescue.

The Plan was launched in February 2018 by the Minister for Environment for the Welsh Government, Hannah Blythyn.

The Snowdon Partnership Plan can be seen at www.snowdonpartnership.co.uk

For more information contact Ioan Gwilym, SNPA’s Corporate Services Communications Officer 01766 772 253 / 07900 267506 or e-mail ioan.gwilym@eryri.llyw.cymru