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Snowdonia parking warning as drivers clog up roads

Cars parked on the side of the road at Pen y Pass (picture: Peter Macmillen)
Cars parked on the side of the road at Pen y Pass

Visitors to the Snowdonia National Park are being urged to use "common sense" when parking their vehicles.

The warning came after motorists parked on the side of the road at Pen y Pass near Llanberis because the car park was inaccessible due to snow and ice.

Photographs show buses struggling to pass the parked cars.

A spokesman for the park said it was not policy to clear car parks when more snow was forecast and said drivers should park lower down the mountain.

"Because Pen y Pass is so high, when the weather forecast is like it is now, then there is no point in using resources to clear a car park with 81 spaces," said Peter Trumper, the head of property services in the park.

"There is a good chance that we would get a digger up there to clear it, but then when people got back down they could find snow half-way up their car doors," he added.

Extremely dangerous

Mr Tumper said the advice would be to drivers to use car parks lower down the mountain and walk from there.

"Usually the snow does not stay for long, but that is different this year," he said.

"The public should take responsibility for themselves and not drive up to Pen y Pass (if conditions are bad) - and they should check our website for MountainSafe advice before starting out," he added.

Mr Trumper said park staff had been advised to turn back on Tuesday because the snow and ice made it extremely dangerous to reach Pen y Pass.

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