A one-way system will be introduced on two local tracks from 1 January 2015, as part of the strategy to promote the sustainable use of the Isle of Man’s green lanes.
Traffic will be permitted in a downhill direction only on the unpaved section of the U24 Packhorse Road in Laxey and U84 Old Douglas Road in Maughold. The restrictions will be in place until 1 July 2015, pending the implementation of a permanent order. Access to properties on Breeze Hill in Laxey and Cooil Veg on the Old Douglas Road in Maughold will be maintained.
The introduction of one-way systems on certain routes is a key element of the Department of Infrastructure’s Green Lane Management Strategy. The aim is to manage the long-term future of the Island’s unpaved highways by reducing the potential for erosion.
A package of measures was announced in April after extensive consultation with representatives of various user groups and other Government Departments. As well as establishing one-way systems, the proposals include the provision of improved signage, targeted winter closures and maps highlighting the location of vulnerable tracks.
The Department of Infrastructure continues to operate a programme of annual maintenance and repair, with priority given to routes that are most in need of attention. The active involvement of volunteer work groups is also helping to keep tracks in good condition.
Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK said:
‘The introduction of one-way systems on Packhorse Road and Old Douglas Road will limit the potential for damage on these routes. Signs will be erected early in the New Year to inform people of the restrictions. This is part of our overall strategy to secure the future of an important and valuable natural asset. People are very passionate about our green lanes and it is in all our interests to continue to work together.’