Cumbria

'Suitable road' plan for Cumbria timber transport

A proposal to ensure timber is only transported on "suitable roads" in Cumbria has been drawn up.

The Agreed Routes Map aims to direct such traffic on to the most appropriate routes, balancing the needs of industry with those of the rural communities.

The council has joined forces with businesses manufacturing timber, paper, horticultural products and bio-fuel, for the proposals.

Members of the public have until 11 November to comment on the routes.

Tim Knowles, Cumbria County Council's cabinet member for transport, said: "By adopting an Agreed Routes Map, the council can ensure that timber traffic is kept on the most suitable roads.

"This helps us to manage our budget and avoids unnecessary road damage."

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