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National Cycle Route 5 - Penmaenbach Upgrade

Phase One Completed

One of the less pleasant stretches of the North Wales Coastal Cycle Route is that which runs  for a short distance alongside the A55 Expressway between Conwy Marina and the headland at Penmaenbach.

Although regularly used by local walkers, cyclists, and long distance tourists, this section is known to discourage the less confident. Thanks to the Welsh Assembly Government, through its North Wales Trunk Agency, the first of three phases to divert the route away from the A55 was completed in April 2010.

The second and third phases will involve bridging the rail line and running the path across Conwy Morfa on the seaward side of the rail line. These two phases are now at the planning stage. Although there is still just over 1km of path running alongside the expressway, the hopes are that the entire scheme will be completed in the not too distant future.

Below will give you some idea of what is involved

The western approach to Penmaenbach


Two regular users of the path, Roy Spilsbury (Left) and Maurice Clarke (Right), both members of the Cyclists Touring Club, enjoy the privilege of cutting the tape to open the short Phase 1 section. In so doing full credit was given to the contractor Daniel Construction, and the North Wales Trunk Road Agency for the rapid completion of the work with minimum disruption to the A55 traffic.


AFTER - 200m of new pathway to the east of the headland


Hopefully this section of path will become redundant in the near future.