Police turn away SIXTY cars from bottom of Snowdon before 8am after 600 caused chaos last weekend


POLICE turned away SIXTY cars from the bottom of Snowdon before 8am yesterday after 600 vehicles caused chaos last weekend.

Drivers were warned their cars would be towed if they parked illegally and blocked the road in the Welsh national park.

It follows mayhem on narrow passes surrounding the peak last weekend when 600 cars flocked to the area.

The Pen-y-Pass car park was said to be full even before sunrise on Sunday, with hundreds of cars lined up on the road.

Police say 180 tickets were issued for illegal parking, with cars forced to drive single file as “inconsiderate” motorists blocked the A4086.

Signs were installed and cones laid out to discourage motorists from leaving the vehicles on the highway.

North Wales Police North Wales Police tweeted at 8am: “Around 60 vehicles have already been turned away from #PenyPass this morning with some even parking by the signage.

“Drivers said they thought we were ‘just bluffing’ when we said cars would be towed if obstructing the road…a recovery vehicle is already parked up there.”

Two cars were towed away from Llyn Ogwen in Snowdonia at lunchtime for “inconsiderate” parking.

Police said on Twitter the cars were forcing other drivers onto the other side of the road and into a blind right-hand bend.

They also said pedestrians had to walk in the road due cars on the pavement.

The force tweeted: “Recovery about to tow these that are parked by Llyn Ogwen.

“Although at the end of the coned area they’re causing other vehicles to head into opposing lane into a blind right-hand bend. 

“Pedestrians walking into the road due to the blocked pavement. Inconsiderate.”

Snowdonia National Park officially reopened on July 6 after closing at the start of the lockdown in March.

But the chaos around England and Wales’ highest peak has caused the park to ban parking at Pen-y-Pass at weekends.

Making the announcement on Friday it said it hoped the move would “reduce traffic, noise and pollution” in the park.

Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn said on Friday: “The fact is that motorists like those who parked illegally at Pen-y-Pass endanger the lives of other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and cause serious access issues for emergency service vehicles, including mountain rescue volunteers.

“We want people to be able to enjoy our stunning mountain ranges safely.

“Those who ignore the message by parking illegally on the highway on Snowdonia’s mountain passes will face an on-the-spot fine or even being towed away by police.”


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