Bikers suggest closure alternatives

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

Members of the Trail Riders Fellowship have responded as part of a consultation to be launched by the Peak District National Park Authority on plans 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.

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 has also suggested speed limits of 20mph for motorcycles and 10mph for four-wheeled vehicles and a permit system to reduce numbers of vehicles on the routes at any time. Members of the Trail Riders’ Fellowship protested against the closure plans by holding a ‘go slow’ drive on roads around the park last weekend.

The authority said its consultation on the green lane closures is due to start next month, although a date has not yet been set. It said it would ensure interest groups are kept informed.