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Quarry digs deep to help National Park project

[Thursday 25 September 2008]
Mick Jones (left) and Steve Hastie on the newly-surfaced track
Mick Jones (left) and Steve Hastie on the newly-surfaced track

QUARRY owner Tarmac has lent a helping hand with repair work being carried out on a public track in the Yorkshire Dales.

The company has donated 200 tonnes of limestone to improve a section of Moor Head Lane, which links the B6479 at Helwith Bridge to the road from Stainforth to Halton Gill near Sannat Hall.

The project – being carried out by contractor Steve Marsden for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) – involves drainage and surfacing work to about 800m of the route, which has deteriorated severely due to surface water damage and past use by vehicles.

The section, which has recently been confirmed as a Restricted Byway, is now closed to vehicles like motorbikes and four-wheel drives.

The repair work includes the installation of stone humps, piped culverts and some ditching. The lane will then be partly re-surfaced using the limestone aggregate, which is worth about £2,500 and was brought in from nearby Arcow Quarry, also at Helwith Bridge.

Steve Hastie, the YDNPA’s Area Ranger for Ribblesdale, said: “Working in partnership makes our limited resources go further in improving the local path network; which is of great importance to the economy of the Dales.

”Because of Tarmac’s generous donation, we’ve been able to achieve more with this project.

“An added benefit of using local stone is that, because the quarry is almost literally a stone’s throw away, the distance the lorries have to travel to the work site is absolutely minimal – which means a lower carbon footprint for the project.”

Quarry manager Mick Jones said: “We were only too happy to help once we heard about the project. The stone we have donated was removed from the quarry as part of a recent planning permission allowing us to make safe some stone benches. “

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