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Quiet Lanes and Greenways

What could a Quiet Lane look like?

It is important that Quiet Lanes and Greenways are designed to fit in with the surrounding area. They could include the following design features:

  • No urban style features such as concrete kerbs or bollards
  • Attractive views over the countryside and good quality verges and hedges
  • Narrow lanes to slow traffic speeds
  • Verges built out of natural material like tree trunks
  • Good road surfaces suitable for vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders
  • Quiet Lane entrance signs to tell you when you join or leave the network
  • Narrow lane entrances to deter through traffic
  • Centre of road allowed to grass over to make it less enticing to car traffic
  • Traditional finger posts
  • Extended footways to improve visibility for pedestrians at junctions
  • Built out verges to provide better crossing points
  • Revised road signing to reduce clutter and to deter through traffic
  • Voluntary speed signs
  • Lighting


Lancashire's first Quiet Lane has recently been completed in the Ribble Valley. West Lane which runs between the villages of Downham and Worston was selected as the pilot scheme for the project.

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What are Greenways?

Greenways add to the network of quiet lanes, existing footpaths and bridleways. A Greenway may be unsurfaced or surfaced depending on its current and intended use.

Subject to topography, ground conditions or route type, some Greenways will be more suitable for walkers, some for cyclists and some for horse riders; some may be only for walkers and cyclists, and others for walkers and horse riders. Each will be dealt with on case by case basis.

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I would like to request a Quiet Lane?

There are no plans to implement new Quiet lanes but requests can be made. Please contact the Traffic and Safety Policy Group.

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How is a Quiet Lane determined?

A Quiet Lane is:

  • a route where there are low numbers of motor vehicles which are travelling at slow enough speeds to make walking, cycling, horse riding, wheelchair and pushchair use enjoyable. These roads would be as safe as possible whilst enabling vulnerable road users to appreciate the dangers of motorised traffic sharing the road.
  • A route for those who are not in motor vehicles where traffic can be anticipated and avoided. Where drivers of motorised vehicles will take due care as they will be aware that other more vulnerable road users will be present.
  • a route that retains tranquillity and respect for the environment, and
  • a place where hedges, verges, walls, wayside trees and other local traditional features have been sensitively managed both to improve the landscape, nature conservation interest, retain local character, and make travel easier for cyclists, walkers, horse riders and those in wheelchairs.


The aim of Quiet Lanes is not to restrict choice but to widen it, so that a variety of travellers and travel modes are possible and enjoyable.

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