Greg Smith MP @gregsmith_uk said on social media that HS2 are planning to downgrade bridleways in the area.
On Twitter he said “Hearing that HS2s latest preposterous idea is to downgrade bridleways locally to footpaths. They must not be allowed to do this and will be doing all I can to ensure they leave our bridleways alone.”
What is a right of way?
A right of way is a path that anyone has the legal right to use on foot, and sometimes using other forms of transport.
- Public footpaths are normally open only to walkers
- Public bridleways are open to walkers, horse-riders, and cyclists
- Restricted byways are open to walkers, horse-riders, and drivers/riders of non-mechanically propelled vehicles (such as horse-drawn carriages and pedal cycles)
- Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) are open to all classes of traffic including motor vehicles, though they may not be maintained to the same standard as ordinary roads.