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New North Wales Cycle Bridges

Photo of 2 workmen showing thumbs up

Thumbs up as work starts on the footings of the first bridge at Llanfairfechan.

At the start of Bike Week 08, the Welsh Assembly Government gave the thumbs up to an immediate start on the construction of a major £2m investment to provide two new pedestrian / cycle bridges between Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan on the North Wales coast. This tackles the worrying Pen-y-Clip headland on National Cycle Route 5. The work is expected to take about 8 months to complete

CTC Cymru sees this as primarily an inspirational investment of faith in bringing together two communities separated when the A55 was upgraded many years ago. With the anticipated new alignment of NCR5 between Conwy marina and Penmaenbach (taking it on the seaward side of the railway line, thereby avoiding the side of the A55 east bound carriageway) this would open a direct link to the largely off-road Conwy Estuary Strategic Route, and the adjacent communities. It is expected to provide a significant boost to leisure and utility cycling along the coast.

Photo of Colin Howard cycling on pavement

Colin Howard, a member of staff at Bryn Y Neuadd Hospital, Llanfairfechan knows of at least seven colleagues who cycle to work from their homes at Penmaenmawr. He is sure others will join them when the bridges are built around Pen y Clip. He is seen here on the pedestrian footway which most cyclists prefer at present.


In launching the route Ieuan Wyn Jones, Minister for the Economy and Transport, said, 'The two new bridges will create a safer route for cyclists and pedestrians between Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan." He added, ' We are committed to creating more cycle routes across all parts of Wales, and this investment will enable cyclists and pedestrians to use the Old Telford road across the headland, creating a safer and more scenic route. By replacing the existing crossing either side of the Pen-y-clip tunnel with bridges, we will create a continuous route that will better link the two communities."

The bridges will be located immediately east and one immediately west of the Pen y Clip tunnel on the A55 Trunk Road between Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan in North Wales.

Jane Davidson, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing said, “If more people walk and cycle across Wales it will help reduce their dependence on the car, and contribute to cutting CO2 emissions which are causing Climate Change. We all need to reduce our carbon footprint, and cycling can help to make a real difference. With the cost of motoring on the rise, cycling is a cheap, healthy, and sustainable means of transport.”

Wrekin Construction Company limited has been contracted to deliver the project and work is due to start on 23 June 2008 for a period of approximately 32 weeks. The scheme will be supervised by the North Wales Trunk Road Agency.

Photo of Telford old road, Pen-y-Clip

Around the Pen y Clip headland the old Telford road will link the two bridges.


Photo of view of Penmaenmawr from Telfor old road

The view of Penmaenmawr from the Telford Road


Here we show heavily laden Dutch cyclists, Douwe and Dorien de Vries, tackling Pen-y-Clip. Upon completion of the upgrading work, we expect to see many more visitors from abroad passing this way.