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National Park welcomes green lane restrictions

[Monday 21 April 2008]
New round of green lane consultation begins
More protection for Yorkshire Dales green lanes

EIGHT ‘green lanes’ in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are to be closed to recreational motor vehicles.

The Access Committee of the National Park Authority (YDNPA) has decided to impose full-time Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) on the routes following a programme of consultation. The Orders will be reviewed after five years.

Jon Avison, the YDNPA’s Head of Park Management, said: “This is a milestone decision for the National Park Authority. For many years the Authority has been concerned about the effects of recreational motor vehicle use on a number of routes in the National Park.

“New legislation has made it possible for us to apply TROs to eight of these routes. The application of these orders will help to preserve the peace and tranquillity of the National Park and enhance the enjoyment of other users.”

Under new powers that came into force on 1 October last year, national park authorities are now able to impose TROs themselves instead of having to ask the local highways authorities to do it. This is the first time that the YDNPA has used its new powers.

The eight routes that will be closed to recreational motor vehicles are:

  • Street Gate to Arncliffe Cote
  • Stockdale Lane
  • Harber Scar Lane
  • The Highway
  • Gorbeck Road
  • Cam High Road (Far Gearstones to Cam Houses)
  • Old Ing to Cam End (Ling Gill)
  • Horton Scar Lane / Foxup Road.

Feedback received on this subject:

Thankfully four of these TROs have now been overturned.

Thankfully a victory for the freedom of the individual in the increasingly regulated and restricted times that we now live!

I for one will be taking advantage of this and will be taking a disabled friend with me who could not otherwise enjoy these routes!!!

Stephen Prowse Halifax

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