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Closure of Ridgeway to drivers extended

April 24, 2020 1:25 PM
By WC (edited)

Part of the Ridgeway National Trail in Wiltshire will be closed to motor vehicles over the spring and summer for repairs.

The first few miles of the Ridgeway are near Avebury and lie within the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site between Overton Hill and Hackpen Hill. This part of The Ridgeway is a Byway Open to all traffic, which means that motorised vehicles can legally pass along here. Use by anti-social drivers had caused considerable rutting of the surface, making it difficult for normal people to travel and damaging archaeological features.

During 2019 local materials appropriate to the World Heritage Site were used to carry out repairs to the surface, but the wet winter weather has resulted in the need for additional time for them to bed in.

In order to protect the surface during the wettest months of the year, a seasonal Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) currently prohibits motorised vehicles from using this stretch of the route between 1 October and 30 April. This year, from 1 May to 30 September, a further Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) prohibiting motorised vehicles will be put in place.

Walkers, cyclists, horse riders and horse and carriage drivers will be able to continue to use the route at all times.