Create a railhead at Horton Quarry and continue other measures to reduce road haulage limits from quarries by 50% compared to 2011.
How are we doing on this objective
Progress: 2020 saw road haulage limits reduced by a further 12% thanks to the second phase of reductions at Swinden Quarry. Overall, road haulage limits are now 36% lower than in 2011.
Rationale: Road haulage is generally agreed to be the most harmful remaining impact of the 5 large aggregate quarries in the National Park. Good progress has previously been made through Tarmac installing a new rail siding in 2016 to serve Arcow and Dry Rigg quarries – reducing road haulage in Ribblesdale by 35%. Significant opportunities remain at Horton Quarry, which has permission to operate until 2042.
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Cost over 5 years: n/a
Funding shortfall: n/a
Ecosystem services: Tranquillity; Climate regulation
Trade-offs: Creation of a new railhead will have some short- and long-term impacts on the landscape. These impacts will be minimised and mitigated through application of the range of policies set out in the Yorkshire Dales Local Plan.
Baseline: 2011 annual road haulage limit = 2.75 m tonnes. 2017 limit was £2.3 m tonnes