Statement on sustainable travel

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority said:

“There aren’t currently any plans to ban cars in the Lake District, however there are ideas about trialling measures to reduce traffic and what the benefits and impact might be.

“We continue to encourage visitors to travel to and around the National Park as sustainably as possible. Fewer cars on the roads means people aren’t spending their holidays sitting in traffic, and they are making an important contribution towards a net zero Lake District by 2037.

“There are several areas within the National Park that become very busy during peak periods. We’re working with partners, communities and landowners to look at the best options to get people out of their cars and consider alternative ways to move around the park. During this summer we successfully trialled a shuttle bus service at Wasdale and Buttermere, supported a discounted service at Ullswater and park and sail at Keswick. We also promoted a range of ideas for visitors to get around the Lake District, such as boats, bikes and easy walking routes, which have great health and wellbeing benefits, as well as being kinder to the environment.”

“We’ll continue to build on the results of these trials and explore a range of ideas that could help relieve traffic and parking issues, working with landowners, communities, stakeholders and the highways authority.”

More information on sustainable travel in the National Park: Outcome 5: Sustainable travel and transport : Lake District National Park