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Choppers fly to Dales rescue

Tuesday 5 August 2003

HELICOPTER traffic will increase over the Yorkshire Dales in the coming weeks as emergency road and footpath repair materials are flown to areas which are almost impossible to reach by surface transport.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park uses helicopters because heavy 4x4 vehicles - the only transport capable of reaching certain spots - can cause more damage than the repairs they help to make.

The hefty bill for aerial transport is picked by the regional transport agency, Yorkshire Forward.

Throughout the next three weeks, a helicopter will lift the materials to three locations in the Malhamdale and Threshfield area of the National Park: Hetton Common, Weets Top and Threshfield Moor.

Alan Hulme, regional manager (south) at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: "The airlifts are a major part of our summer work to help maintain the footpaths and bridleways of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

"Over the next three weeks we will lift in all the materials we need to pave or resurface over five and a half kilometres of footpaths and bridleways. This essential work will ensure that these popular routes remain in good repair for the use of and enjoyment by walkers, horse-riders and cyclists."


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