Trails riders suggest way forward in Peak

OFF-ROAD motorcyclists and four-wheel drive enthusiasts who protested at plans to ban them from Peak District trails and ‘green lanes’ have put forward alternative proposals.

A spokesman for the Trail Riders Federation said: “We are prepared to suggest closing the lanes in question to vehicles at busy times, a one-way system to minimise the impact of vehicles on steep hills, gross weight and/or width restrictions.”

The group, which held a ‘go slow’ drive on roads around the national park last weekend, is also suggesting speed limits of 20mph for motorcycles and 10mph for four-wheeled vehicles and a permit system to reduce numbers of vehicles on routes at any time.

Members are responding as part of a consultation to be launched this month by the Peak District National Park Authority on proposals to close Long Causeway, between Bamford and Redmires, and The Roych, near Chapel-en-le-Frith, to motor vehicles.

The closures are backed by countryside campaigners.