Work on old Railway Tunnel Continues to complete Lôn Las Ogwen Path

Date: 21/02/2017
Lon Las Ogwen

Work on old Railway Tunnel Continues to complete Lôn Las Ogwen Path

Lôn Las Ogwen is a multi-user path which goes all the way from Bangor to Llyn Ogwen, in Nant Frfrancon. The only gap within the path is the old railway tunnel between Tregarth and Bethesda.

 The work of completing this part of the path by Gwynedd Council is proceeding well and when finished, it will complete the network of important paths in Dyffryn Ogwen and Bangor area. 

 The work of developing and improving the Lôn Las Ogwen path between Penrhyn Port, Bangor and Bethesda has been on the agenda for almost 20 years with the goal of having a non-traffic path all the way. With the new opening of a path between Tregarth and Bethesda in 2014 the goal was almost complete appart from the  450m through the old Dinas railway tunnel near Tregarth.

 The Gwynedd Council scheme safeguards, modifies and creates a new path through the tunnel, and viaduct. The works is aimed to be finished this spring. G H James cyf from Trawsfynydd are the company which is carrying out the work. The scheme is being funded togerther by The Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council. 

 Following the completion of the work it will be possible to travel along the old railway tunnel between Tregarth and Bethesda without having to follow the main road and traffic. This will make it much easier and safer for people of all ages to walk or cycle between villages. It will also make the journey to work from Dyffryn Ogwen to Bangor area more convenient and will be an attraction for tourists too, and will be an extra boost to local businesses.

 Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulatory matters said:

“After closing the railway almost 60 years ago, the tunnel and viaduct and their special construction had been forgotten, but by opening the path they will be given a new lease of life. I’m really looking forward to see walkers and cyclists using the tunnel in its newest form.”

 Local Councillor Gwen Griffith added:

“We’ve been looking forward to completing this path for a very long time, and now the grant is in place to complete it. This path will be the best in Wales, with all the beautiful views.

“I hope that the pattern of walking and biking along the Lôn Las Ogwen path will continue and increase.”