27 JANUARY 1939, Page 3

Road Policy in the Lakes The problem of planning roads

in the Lake District in a way that will achieve reasonable through-communication and yet preserve the district as a refuge in a mechanical age is one that concerns alike the confirmed pedestrian and the motorist who retains an appreciation of the unspoiled countryside. The Friends of the Lake District have put forward a constructive road policy for the Lake District which should attain this end. Good roads leading to and round the district are eminently desirable. After that the main requirements are that two or three natural through- routes should be maintained but not increased ; all road widths in the area should be well below what is elsewhere normal ; certain dale-head roads and passes should remain primitive ; and some routes, scarcely passable, should be closed to motor traffic entirely. This is a sound and practical programme. Every reasonable traffic requirement can be met without_ ruining one of the finest parts of our heritage.