Eight ‘green lanes’ in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are to be closed to recreational motor vehicles, a move which should make them easier to use by off-road cyclists.
The Access Committee of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) has decided to impose full-time Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) on the routes following a programme of full 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 October 1 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 CoteStockdale Lane Harber Scar Lane
The HighwayGorbeck Road Cam High Road
(Far Gearstones to Cam Houses)
Old Ing to Cam End (Ling Gill)Horton Scar Lane