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National Trust considers plans to enforce car ban on parts of Lake District

National Trust considers plans to enforce car ban on parts of Lake District

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Traffic management would allow people to use their cars in set zones

The National Trust is said to be considering plans to ban cars from parts of the Lake District.

According to the Daily Mail, the national park authority (LDNPA) is working with the National Trust – which owns 20 per cent of the Lake District – towards ‘traffic management in Seathwaite’, a popular town in the area.

It’s proposed, according to the Times, that residents in the town would be able to use their cars only within proposed zones.

According to LDNPA figures, 14.8m visitors in 2012 visited the Lake District, rising to 17.3m within three years. Last year, the Lake District received an incredible 19.4m visitors.

A local farmer told the Times: “Congestion is horrendous and getting much worse. There was a fire in one of the houses near us and the fire engine couldn't get down, there were so many cars parked.”

Kate Willshaw, officer for the Friends of the Lake District, believes there are 'honeypots' such as Bowness, Keswick and Windermere in the Lakes, which attract floods of tourists and massive congestion as a result. 

She told the Times: “They attract people because they are an easy win. You can get to them without driving on single-track roads, and the views are magnificent.”