Voluntary Agreed Routes Maps are at the heart of the partnership approach to timber transport.
The Agreed Routes Map can be found HERE. Satellite imagery can be switched on from the layer menu.
Agreed Routes Maps
They are developed by the timber transport groups at local authority level and categorise the roads leading to forests in terms of their capacity to sustain the likely level of timber haulage. Where there may be significant impact from timber haulage – either on the road itself, or to communities and other road users – there is a requirement for liaison between the forestry interests and the roads department to develop a solution that enables timber transport, addresses community concerns and protects the road. Agreed Routes Maps have been prepared for most of the forested areas of Scotland, as well as for Cumbria, North Yorkshire and North East England. Agreed Routes Maps are also in place for some parts of Wales.
The Agreed Routes Maps identify the following categories of roads:
Agreed Routes can be used for timber haulage without restriction (other than as regulated by the Road Traffic Act 1988). "A" roads (e.g. the A9) are assumed to be Agreed Routes unless covered by one of the other TTG classifications (e.g. Consultation Route)
Consultation Routes are recognised as being key to timber extraction but are not up to Agreed Route standard. Consultation with the Local Authority is required and it may be necessary to agree limits of timing, allowable tonnage etc. before the route can be used. B roads and minor roads that are not categorised should be assumed to be Consultation Routes unless covered by one of the other classifications (e.g. Severely Restricted Route).
Severely Restricted Routes
Severely Restricted Routes should not normally be used for timber transport in their present condition. These routes are close to being Excluded Routes and consultation with the Local Authority is required to achieve an agreed road and traffic management regime to get the timber out.
Excluded Routes should not be used for timber transport in their present condition. These routes are either formally restricted, or are close to being formally restricted, in order to protect the road network from damaging loads. Consultation with the Local Authority is required to explore alternatives.
In-Forest Timber Haul Roads
In some places In-Forest Timber Haul Roads contribute to the Agreed Routes, but these may have seasonal restrictions.
There may be additional general restrictions on heavy vehicle traffic - such as height and weight restrictions or permit requirements - that are not detailed on Agreed Routes Maps.