Red lights mean stop… They really mean stop!

May 24th 2018

Britannia Bridge in Porthmadog is at the heart of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways’ network. Ever since the 26-mile-long Welsh Highland Railway re-opened to the town October 2010, the bridge has seen regular use by trains.

Every train that departs from Porthmadog on the Welsh Highland Railway uses the bridge en route to the heart of Snowdonia.

The bridge is one of the focal points of the town, providing pedestrian access to The Cob, harbour and station, as well as carrying a large volume of traffic – both motor vehicles and cycles. It is also a place where members of the public congregate to watch the trains arrive and depart.

Today, our Safety and Development Manager Nick Griffiths met with PCSO Gill Duffy to re-emphasise the need for the public to be vigilant when using the bridge, either as pedestrians or vehicle drivers / cyclists.

Regrettably, we have recorded instances of car drivers ignoring the red flashing lights, cyclists failing to use the designated cycle lanes, and pedestrians crossing the road without showing due regard for the traffic.

PCSO Duffy commented:

“We’re pleased to be able to work in co-operation with the railway to assist the public in staying safe, however we will be on the lookout for traffic violations, and action may well be taken against anybody who ignores red lights.”

It is our overwhelming desire to ensure that everybody stays safe in the vicinity of the bridge, and indeed the railway in general, so please be aware of the hazards, pay attention to your surroundings, and stay alert at all times. We need the co-operation of the public to make sure that Britannia Bridge remains a safe place to be.

Happy Holidays!