Voluntary one-way system to help drivers stay on track

This is an archived press release

Monday 20 June 2011

Trail-bikers and 4x4 drivers will be urged to keep to a voluntary one-way system to avoid further damage to a ‘green lane’ near Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Signs are being put up at the Roych, an unsurfaced road near Rushup Edge, asking drivers and riders to head only one way (west) on the route from March 5. They are also asked to keep to a Code of Respect which includes a 5mph speed-limit for 4x4s, 20mph for trail-bikes and small group-sizes.

The Peak District National Park Authority is taking the action after users started straying “off-road” onto farmland to avoid a particularly steep, rocky ascent and narrow sections where it is difficult to pass.

With 600 vehicles or trail-bikes using the route every month, 85 per cent of them at weekends, the Roych is suffering a great deal of wear and tear.

National park rights of way manager Mike Rhodes said: “The Roych is a victim of its own popularity, with problems of increasing erosion. A voluntary one-way system will mean that drivers and riders will be less tempted to trespass onto farmland where they are damaging fencing and causing ruts.”

The independent Peak District Local Access Forum recommended the voluntary one-way system. It is also pressing Natural England and Derbyshire County Council to find funding for urgent repairs, and for volunteer groups to help with ongoing maintenance.

Meanwhile, the national park authority had more than 500 responses to a public consultation on a proposed 18-month closure of the nearby Chapel Gate track, which is also being damaged by erosion. A decision is expected in the next few weeks.

Derbyshire County Council is also carrying out repair work on another popular route - the Long Causeway, on Stanage Edge between Hathersage and Sheffield. All users are being urged to avoid the Derbyshire end of the Long Causeway while the six-week programme, due to end in mid-March, takes place, although it is not formally closed.

The Authority works with the police, the Peak District Local Access Forum, county highways authorities and user-groups such as the Peak District and Derbyshire Vehicle User Group, to tackle problems caused by irresponsible drivers and riders.

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