We are keen to find solutions to traffic and transport problems. But we have few powers to enable us to take action. We therefore work closely with local councils and businesses to find creative and attractive solutions.
The starting point for solutions is the vision for the future of the National Park, developed with our partners in 2007, for:
For full details of the vision and our partners, please read our Vision for the National Park page.
The overall policy for the Lake District National Park is to:
“Ensure that public transport integration and services are improved and the proportion of travel to and within the National Park by public transport, walking and cycling is increased”
Our overall approach is to develop new ways of getting around that:
The one thing we cannot do is to increase road capacity. Widening roads and creating new car parks are not appropriate solutions in a protected landscape.
We are currently reviewing all our planning policies which will come together in the new Local Plan. The policies are still being consulted on but among the options likely to be included are:
Find out more in our Local Plan section.
In 2008 we commissioned consultants to produce a sustainable transport framework for the Lake District. They examined the current challenges, opportunities and constraints and examined good practice elsewhere. They then proposed a framework around which a future transport strategy can be built and made some suggestions to be considered for the strategy.
A wide range of potential solutions have been suggested by partner organisations, businesses and the public such as: