Improvements for Monsal Trail

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Improvements will be made to the Monsal Trail - and the Code of Conduct will be further promoted - after a number of complaints about overcrowding and chaos at peak times.

The Peak District National Park Authority has revealed the improvements will take place over the coming weeks.

Existing warning signs will be reinforced by the addition of painted signs on the surface of the trail near the entrance to the tunnels. These will say ‘Slow’. Painted lines will also be introduced along the edges of the trail surface within the tunnels.

Cycle racks have recently been installed at the Agricultural Business Centre car park and the recreation ground, while consideration is being given to installing a gated barrier at the Coombs Road entrance to the trail.

Volunteer rangers will continue to patrol the Monsal Trail at weekends as they have done since the tunnels opened.

Also, signs highlighting the Code of Conduct for users of the trail are being prepared and will go up shortly. This will help increase awareness of the code of conduct to more users.

Since the opening of the previously sealed railway tunnels, between 500 and 1000 cyclists a day are using sections of the Monsal Trail.

While most feedback has been positive some problems have been reported resulting from the need to accommodate large numbers of both walkers and cyclists at the same time, particularly during busy periods.

Mayor of Bakewell Cllr Frank Hall welcomed the improvements. He said: “It is important to recognise that the trail is open to everyone and to encourage consideration by different user groups for one another. For example, cyclists should warn others of their approach and those warnings should be responded to.

“We see the code as an important tool in reinforcing the message of mutual respect and believe that the code needs to be carefully managed, clearly and prominently displayed and its effectiveness monitored.”

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the National Park Authority, said: “The Monsal Trail is proving to be a spectacular and popular new route open to a wide range of users. I have walked and cycled it several times myself.

“Almost all the feedback is that users have a pleasant and positive experience. We would encourage all users to continue to respect others, especially when the trail is very busy.”

The code of conduct can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/monsaltrail