Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning following our news last night, The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Councillor Joan Baird OBE said “I have been working to resolve the problem of traffic at the Dark Hedges since 2014 when I was elected as a Councillor for that area.
The area previously came under Ballymoney Council and it was obvious that the Hedges were gradually being destroyed by traffic parking on the verges and undermining the roots of the iconic trees.
I am delighted to see progress in partnership with Local farmers, landowners and the Roads Service. This will ensure our beautiful trees are protected for posterity and at the same time allow visitors an enhanced quiet environment in which to enjoy the attraction”. Council are currently working with local landowners to provide safe parking for visitors.”
The Department of Infrastructure is introducing a ban on traffic using the famous Dark Hedges road ( Bregagh Road ) from 30 October 2017.
The Order will prohibit the use by vehicles of a length of the C102, Breagagh Road, Armoy and the use by buses of a length of the U65, Chatham Road, Armoy and a length of the U64, Doughery Brae, Armoy.
Any person who acts in contravention of the Order shall be guilty of an offence under the Road Traffic Regulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (“the Regulation Order”) and shall be liable onsummary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (£1,000) in accordance with the Road Traffic Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 as amended by the Regulation Order.
Traffic signs indicating the effect of the Order will in due course be placed on the roads.
See full publication here – https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/publications/control-traffic-dark-hedges-order-northern-ireland-2017-no-208