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Bypass cut off our kids from playpark; Parents say crossing it will make journey too dangerous for children.


A NEW pounds 35m bypass has cut off parents and children from a popular play area, it was claimed.

Villagers are up in arms after the new bypass for Minffordd, Porthmadog and Tremadog was built without a bridge to the popular park. That was despite locals and Porthmadog Town council calling for such an access at a public inquiry three years ago and having reminded the Welsh Assembly Government, who are building the bypass, since.

Now locals are campaigning for WAG to build a bridge or safe access before work finishes at the end of the year.

Aled Gruffydd, 44, of Tremadog, whose wife and three young children normally cycle to the park, said: "Everybody used to be able to walk from Tremadog to Porthmadog along the pavement but now the bypass stops us from getting over to the park. It won't be safe to cross now.

"It makes no sense at all. WAG said there is an island on the roundabout for us to cross but what if you are a woman taking young children on a couple of bicycles and one maybe on a scooter and there are big lorries either side of you? We're talking about 10-12,000 vehicles on that bypass each day."

Tremadog councillor Alwyn Gruffydd said there were concerns also about a lack of pavements on the A498 and A497 and no roundabout on the dangerous junction with Ffordd Penamser.

He added that there were further fears that high-sided HGVs would not be able to get under the bypass bridge at Minffordd - a claim denied by the WAG. A WAG spokesman said: "Much of the traffic through Tremadog is being moved to the bypass. The route to the playground will be via a footway alongside a section of existing road that will become part of the bypass.

"To enable safe crossing of the bypass we are providing central refuge islands at the roundabout where traffic will be travelling slowly. This will allow pedestrians to cross safely in two stages. There are two direct routes for pedestrians between Tremadog and Porthmadog, one via the existing cycletrack which will pass beneath the bypass and one via the footway alongside the section of existing road that will be used as part of the bypass."

Regarding concerns about the A498 and A497 and the junction at Ffordd Penamser, the spokesman said: "The A498 and A497 are the responsibility of Gwynedd Council and any improvements to them are a matter for the council to determine. There will be no pavements on the A498 and no roundabout at the A497/A498 junction is planned as part of the bypass works."

He added: "The bridge over the bypass at Minfordd is full height with a clearance of 5.3m so all HGVs will be able to use it."


Aled Gruffydd pictured at the site of the new Tremadog by-pass (main, and inset with Ysgol y Gorlan pupils and their parents): a pelican crossing asked for by pedestrians has been rejected at this location Pictures: ROBERT PARRY JONES rj150411Tremadog-3/6a
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2011
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