WORK on replacing two bridges on the popular Lôn Las Ogwen path that links the Porth Penrhyn area of Bangor with Dyffryn Ogwen has been completed.

The regular path is now open to the public once again.

This work to install replacement bridges is part of efforts to ensure existing paths meet residents' needs, and also improve people’s access to the slate landscape which has been designated a World Heritage Site since 2021.

The old bridges near Porth Penrhyn required regular maintenance work, and its structures also meant it was difficult for pedestrians and cyclists to pass each other due to the narrow path on the bridge.


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Now, the path has been widened and is much-improved for all users.

The scheme has involved diverting part of the route of the Lôn Las Ogwen path while the replacement bridges were installed.

But with this work now complete, the original route has now reopened to the public.

Cllr Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: "This is a very important route, providing pedestrians and cyclists with a convenient sustainable mode of travel between Bangor and Dyffryn Ogwen, whether for a leisure ride, to get to work, an appointment or to shop.

"Of course, the route follows the remains of the historic railway that linked the port and the Penrhyn Quarry and this link between Bangor and Bethesda and the wider area slate landscape has an important history, and it's very pleasing to see plans that breathe new life into this part of the route.

"I'm delighted to see the work now completed on this phase of improvements that will make the walk by foot or bike more comfortable for the residents of this area.

“In a time of financial challenges, securing funding to deliver schemes of this nature is very welcome, and I’m grateful to everyone who has played a part in delivering this important project.

"In improving the standard of the route, we hope more people will make the most of the path as we look to cut down on unnecessary vehicle journeys wherever possible.

"As part of the Llewyrch o’r Llechi scheme, further upgrades and improvements to routes in Dyffryn Ogwen will be delivered over the coming months."

Cllr Nigel Pickavance, who saw the work being completed on the bridges, added: "I was delighted to go along and see the work on the new bridges on Lôn Las Ogwen and to see the progress that has been on the scheme.

"I’m very pleased that both bridges are re-opening to public use, with user space much wider than previously."

The work on the bridges at Porth Penrhyn has been funded with support from the Levelling Up fund, the Welsh Government’s Active Travel grant and Sustrans.

It forms part of a wider scheme to improve links on Lôn Las Ogwen funded from the Levelling Up fund.