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Ridgeway path closed to vehicles
On 1st October the seasonal ban on motor vehicles along The Ridgeway once more came into force. View photos and listen to our report.
The Ridgeway is closed to vehicles for 7 months
With Autumn in full swing and Winter just over the horizon, the annual Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) banning motor vehicles from the Hackpen Hill stretch of the Ridgeway track has once more come into force.
From 1st October 2008 to 30th April 2009 all 'mechanically propelled' motor vehicles are excluded from this section.
Damage to the Ridgeway track
The TRO was imposed by Wiltshire County Council in 2002 following pressure from The Ramblers Association and the Friends of the Ridgeway group who are dedicated to preserving the 6000 year old track.
Yearly, the path surface becomes a danger to users because of the deep, churned ruts caused chiefly by 4X4 vehicles and off-road motorbikes.
Following the recent wet weather the track has also become very muddy, making it hazardous for ramblers and particularly dangerous for horseriders.
Deep ruts caused by vehicles
The National Trails Team and highway authorities work closely with Wiltshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police to ensure the TRO sections are closely monitored and enforcement action will be taken against those driving within the TRO sections.
last updated: 06/10/2008 at 09:18
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