Posted: Fri 13th Jan 2017

Parking Safety Reminder For Brecon Beacons Visitors

This article is old - Published: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

Dyfed-Powys Police are encouraging walkers to park sensibly around the Storey Arms area of Brecon this weekend in anticipation of a high volume of visitors. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Last January, snowfall over the Brecon Beacons and two pre-planned events led to significant disruption and traffic issues on the A470. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cars parked on the side of the road in the National Park area caused substantial difficulty to emergency services vehicles which were called to a three-vehicle road traffic collision, and created a hazard to pedestrians who had to walk in the road. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

With the forecast snow and the Fan Dance event continuing this weekend (January 14 and 15) police are preparing for an influx of visitors to the area and is urging anyone thinking of coming to the Brecon Beacons, to firstly consider whether the journey is necessary and safe and secondly, to park responsibly. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sergeant Owen Dillion, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “This weekend there will be a police presence around the Storey Arms area as we endeavour to ensure people are parking responsibly, and we will be taking action against those breaching the clearway. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We are also encouraging people to look at alternative routes up Penyfan to avoid congestion around the A470 and asking them consider if the journey is really necessary or safe. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The area is a National Park and much of the Storey Arms section of the A470 is a clearway which means that roadside parking is not permitted. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Past parking issues we’ve experienced in the area created associated risks for pedestrians moving to and from their vehicles, in addition to potential conservation issues caused by damage to roadside verges. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Last January we issued fines to over 100 vehicles parked illegally in one weekend. We really hope not to do the same this year.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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