2016: Campaign stepped up over village’s lorry nightmare

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Calls are being made for mandatory signs to be put in place to stop lorries from entering Beddgelert after one was reversed into a shop. For a number of years, residents and businesses have been plagued by large lorries which have been driving through the village and damaging the bridge and properties. Signs have been placed on the route to the village near Tremadog advising motorists not to follow sat-nav systems down unsuitable roads, but calls are now being made for these signs to be made mandatory after two more lorries become stuck in the village in the same week.

Colleen Marsden, who runs the National Trust’s Ty Isaf shop, says more needs to be done after a lorry reversed into the Grade II listed building last Thursday. She said:

“Lorries coming through the village and getting stuck on the bridge is still a problem for us here in Beddgelert. One lorry last week got stuck on the bridge and as it was struggling to turn around it reversed into the shop and took down our guttering. We know there are signs along the route, but they aren’t very effective. The lorries are still coming and causing damage, our house has been hit numerous times and the bridge suffered considerable damage a couple of days earlier because of another lorry.”

A Gwynedd Council spokesperson said:

“We continue to monitor the situation, and we would urge lorry drivers to heed the advice displayed on all traffic signage.”

Cambrian News, 15 September 2016