Policy 22: Sustainable access and travel

What are we trying to achieve?

We want to reduce the need to travel within and through the Lake District, and promote the development and use of sustainable transport and travel choices.

What is the issue?

Approximately 83 per cent of current visitors to the Lake District travel by car, van, motorbike or motorhome and this can cause parking, congestion and pollution issues at peak times. There are limited bus and rail services away from the central lakes areas due to the rural nature of the Lake District which constrains opportunities to travel without private motor vehicles.

Visitor numbers are expected to continue to increase, yet to encourage a corresponding increase in traffic and parking would impact negatively on residents, visitors and the landscape.

Our suggested approach

We will seek to ensure there is no net increase in movement of private vehicles by visitors above current levels – by increasing use of sustainable travel opportunities.

We will support provision of sustainable transport facilities and infrastructure – including deployment of new technologies, and more water based transport.

We will continue to safeguard existing and disused sustainable transport routes, and rights of way network.

Policy 22: Sustainable access and travel

We will reduce the need to travel for visitors within and through the Lake District, and promote the development and use of sustainable transport and travel choices.

We will achieve this by supporting:

  • proposals for sustainable transport infrastructure and facilities which improve the connectivity of existing and new sustainable transport infrastructure, services and networks;
  • proposals which improve water based transport through the provision of public jetties and connecting infrastructure; and
  • proposals that enable deployment of new transport and infrastructure technologies in Showcase Areas and transport corridors.

We will safeguard the rights of way network, and other cycle and walking routes that would compromise their use.

We will safeguard the operational Oxenholme to Windermere railway line and support proposals for infrastructure improvements to the line. We will also safeguard disused railway lines where robust feasibility studies demonstrate which routes could feasibly be delivered to widen sustainable transport choices. These railway lines will be safeguarded until feasibility studies are undertaken.

Have your say!

Consultation closed on 29th June. Thank you to all of those who took part. Please keep an eye on our Local Plan homepage for announcements and feedback on the consultation

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