Visitors to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site, at Trevor Basin in North Wales, should find parking at peak times much easier, thanks to new arrangements we've introduced this spring.
We look after the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Britain’s highest, longest aqueduct and centrepiece of the 11 mile World Heritage Site, have constructed a new car park containing 104 car parking spaces, off Queens Road.
This will eventually operate on a pay and display basis, with a flat fee of £3.00 per day. There will be no charge before 10am. Coaches will be able to drop off visitors free of charge before parking up at the nearby Wimborne Gate car park.
The parking system will be operated by CP Plus.
The Trust is also negotiating to take over the management of Wimborne Gate Car Park and the small parking area immediately next to Trevor Basin from Wrexham County Borough Council. The plan is to convert the small car park, with public toilets, into a permit-only parking area for disabled blue-badge holders, staff and volunteers. Wimborne Gate will be subject to pay and display charges of £2.50 for cars but will be free for coaches.
Lynda Slater, Trevor Basin Visitor Centre manager with the Canal & River Trust, explained: "Every year the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct attracts thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe. The stunning structure is a grade one-listed, scheduled ancient monument, constructed by famous canal engineers Thomas Telford and William Jessop, over 200 years ago. People love to walk or boat over the aqueduct and admire the amazing views over the Dee Valley. Every year it seems to get more and more popular.
"In the past at peak times, we have been struggling to accommodate all the cars who wish to park around the aqueduct. This new car park will make a world of difference."
The development received funding from the Tourism Amenity Infrastructure Support scheme, through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Entry to Trevor Basin Visitor Centre is free of charge. The centre is open every day, 10am – 4pm, until the end of October.