Protest over green lanes ban plan

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HUNDREDS of motorcyclists and 4x4 drivers descended on the Peak District National Park’s Bakewell offices on Friday to protest against plans to ban vehicles from green lanes in the area.

Campaigning groups – including the Trail Riders Fellowship, Peaks and Derbyshire Vehicle Users Group and the Green Lane Association – handed over an open letter to Peak Park chiefs asking for an “equitable solution” to the long-running green lane debate.

In August 2011, the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) made an experimental traffic regulation order along Chapel Gate – a track between Edale and Chapel-en-le-Frith – banning all motor vehicles.

The decision sparked outrage among vehicle users, who have campaigned for their right to use unsurfaced roads in the national park ever since.