End of the road for cars in Lakes? Beauty spot and popular Peak District could BAN tour vehicles in busier areas after surge in holidays left them rammed
- Bosses in the Lake District say they are planning a shift towards more ‘sustainable travel’
- More than 90 percent of the Lake District’s 19 million annual visitors arrive by car
- In Peak District, park boss says car-free days are a ‘really cool concept’
Cars belonging to tourists could be banned in some parts of the Lake and Peak districts to address congestion under new plans drawn up by chiefs.
More than 90 percent of the Lake District’s 19 million annual visitors arrive by car, and the town’s top official says the resort has reached “auto peak.”
Richard Leafe, the executive director of the Lake District National Park, is he is now planning a shift to “more sustainable travel” with some of the most popular valleys closed to cars during peak season.
Popular Great Langdale locations, which include Bowfell and Crinkle Crags, and Wasdale, are being considered for the “car-free” scheme.
Access to the valleys would be maintained for residents, buses, bicycles, and walkers.
Meanwhile, in the Peak District, the park’s executive director, Sarah Fowler, said car-free days were “a really interesting concept” that she was eager to explore.
Bosses also want to try out an on-demand bus service to encourage visitors to leave their car at home.
Lake District bosses are now planning a shift towards more ‘sustainable travel’ by banning tourist cars (file photo)
Meanwhile, in the Peak District, CEO Sarah Fowler also said that car-free days were “ a really interesting concept ” that she was eager to explore.
The park’s executive director described the scheme as ‘Uber but on a bus scale’.
Discussing a possible tourist car ban, Richard Leafe, executive director of the Lake District national park, told The Guardian: ‘It feels like we’re on top of the car. I want to see less dependence on him in the future.
“It cannot continue to get worse, otherwise it will be too difficult to handle in our national parks. We need to see a shift towards more sustainable travel. ‘
However, the LDNP has also been criticized for granting planning permits for ever-larger car parks.
Authorities say the new parking lots will stop ‘fly parking’ at hotspots, but have drawn ire from locals who said the new parking lots would cause weather and congestion problems as well as annoying bats.
With the lockdown and restrictions reducing travel, stays have risen in popularity over the past year, and the Lake District is one of the most sought-after destinations.
In August, a charity warned that tourists flocking to the Lake District have caused unprecedented damage to its trails and slopes.
A “huge increase in footfalls” has marked the area beloved by Wordsworth and other romantic poets, Fix The Fells said.
He has spent £ 10 million on road repair and erosion in the Cumbrian national park since it was established 20 years ago.
Ranger Pete Entwistle said more tourists were “a good thing because people can see what you have in this country, see what needs protection.”
“But if this continues with the numbers that we are getting now, I can see that we will have a lot more work going on in the future.”