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Rights of way restrictions

It is sometimes necessary to temporarily close or permanently restrict the use of a right of way.  This may be due to a safety issue, to protect the surface from serious damage, for an event such as a village fete, or while maintenance work is being done.

Permanent and seasonal restrictions

Cambridgeshire has nearly 10% of the byway mileage in England. Some are subject to Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs), which restrict some recreational motor use to protect vulnerable surfaces, either throughout the year or by season and may be extended in especially wet conditions.

A list of current TROs can be viewed below:

Bridle Road, Houghton - 1969720KBpdf
Size: 720KBFile format: pdf
Blind Lane - Sawtry - 1987741KBpdf
Size: 741KBFile format: pdf
Blind Lane - Sawtry - 1988321KBpdf
Size: 321KBFile format: pdf
Weirs Drove - Burwell - 1990510KBpdf
Size: 510KBFile format: pdf
St Neots Byway 7 - 1994635KBpdf
Size: 635KBFile format: pdf
Haycroft Lane - Burwell - 19991.24MBpdf
Size: 1.24MBFile format: pdf
Catworth Byway - 2006581KBpdf
Size: 581KBFile format: pdf
Bourne and Kingston - 2009761KBpdf
Size: 761KBFile format: pdf
Haslingfield Byway - 2009516KBpdf
Size: 516KBFile format: pdf
Great Gidding Byway - 2010309KBpdf
Size: 309KBFile format: pdf
Witchford Byway - 2010597KBpdf
Size: 597KBFile format: pdf
Chatteris - 2013691KBpdf
Size: 691KBFile format: pdf
Longstowe Byway - 2015883KBpdf
Size: 883KBFile format: pdf
Babraham Byway - 2016222KBpdf
Size: 222KBFile format: pdf
Little Downham Byways - 2016238KBpdf
Size: 238KBFile format: pdf
Soham Byway - 2016215KBpdf
Size: 215KBFile format: pdf
Litlington Byway - 2017291KBpdf
Size: 291KBFile format: pdf
The Doles, Over - 2019432KBpdf
Size: 432KBFile format: pdf

Temporary restrictions

It can become necessary to temporarily close public rights of way.  In these cases, suitable diversion signs should be provided to direct you around the closure.

Voluntary restraints

When the surface of a right of way has been damaged, often by motor vehicle use, a ‘voluntary restraint’ may be used. This consists of placing notices on site, asking motor vehicles not to use the route while the route recovers or improvement works are carried out.

Adhering to voluntary restraints allow a right of way to return to a state where it becomes suitable for motor use again, without the need for implementing a temporary or permanent TRO, which may require physical barriers to prevent use.

Route that currently benefits from voluntary restraints: Glatton Byway 6 following improvement works.