North West Wales

Urdd Eisteddfod traffic chaos eases

The Urdd entrance
Image caption Organisers say a new route has helped ease the initial traffic problems

Urdd National Eisteddfod organisers say traffic problems that blighted its first day in Gwynedd have eased.

They apologised on Monday after a six-mile queue affected many attending the festival at Glynllifon, with some complaining they were stuck in jams for up to three hours.

A spokesperson said a revised route for cars coming from south and mid Wales on Tuesday had helped solve the problem.

The event is at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor College until 9 June.

About 100,000 visitors and 15,000 competitors are expected over the week and up to 6,000 cars are expected each day.

There were a record 23,913 visitors on Monday after the Urdd was officially opened with a concert on Sunday evening.

A spokesperson for the eisteddfod, North Wales Police and Gwynedd council apologised for the inconvenience caused by the traffic problems on the A487 and A499, which was blamed on a combination of heavy traffic heading to the Urdd and that going to and from the Llyn Peninsula.

They said the route would be reviewed and the spokesperson said on Tuesday that it had appeared to ease the earlier chaos.

"We haven't had any complaints today. There have been a few queues this morning but nothing more than is usual for an event like this," they said.

"We had a different route today for people coming from mid and south Wales which seems to have helped.

"And also I think many people came in earlier than yesterday."

Urdd visitors are advised to start journeys early, to follow the signs and for local people to use the regular public transport service and the shuttle bus to the maes (Urdd field) from Caernarfon and Pwllheli if possible.

The spokesperson added that shuttle buses run every hour from Caernarfon, although traffic problems may have made have them late on Monday morning.

The eisteddfod is held on a different site each year, with the 2013 event set for Pembrokeshire.

Two local roads - Allt Goch and Lon Cefn Glyn - are one-way for the duration of the event.

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