Traffic will be banned from part of a Region Antrim road – made well-known by the TV fantasy drama Online game of Thrones – to protect trees and shrubs known as the Dark Hedges.
The tunnel of beech trees and shrubs on the Bregagh Road, near Armoy, has become a major international tourist attraction.
The scene was utilized by the Game of Thrones crew in order to represent “the Kingsroad” in the HBO drama series.
Stormont’s Department for Infrastructure is presenting a ban on cars using the street from 30 October.
The order will also stop buses and coaches from using the particular designated stretch of the Bregagh Street.
Any kind of motorist who flouts the prohibit could face a fine of up to £ 1, 000.
Several vehicles – including agricultural plus emergency vehicles – will be exempt from the ban “in certain circumstances”.
The Dark Hedges were planted more than 200 years back by the Stuart family, who developed tree-lined avenue along the entrance for their Gracehill House mansion.
About 150 were planted simply by James Stuart, but time has used its toll over the centuries and today fewer than two thirds remain standing up.
Within January 2016, during Storm Gertrude, higher winds ripped up two trees and shrubs , causing them to collapse.
Later that yr, a large, rotten branch broke off among the trees and fell across the street .
The Darkish Hedges became a huge draw meant for tourists and TV fans once they appeared, albeit very briefly, within the closing scene of one episode associated with Game of Thrones.
Arya Stark, one of the show’s main character types, was filmed travelling on a trolley along the road, disguised as a child.
Conservationists have portrayed alarm about the increasing traffic amounts in the area and the possible damage to the particular trees’ roots.
Throughout the Easter holidays this year, pictures associated with traffic jams were shared upon social media, some criticising the number of vehicles coating the road. .
The particular cycling blog NI Greenways defined the Dark Hedges as a “national treasure” and claimed it was getting slowly killed.
The Department for Infrastructure published the particular banning order on 5 Oct .
It got suggested the ban last year , right after “discussions with Causeway Coast plus Glens Borough Council and other curious parties”.
It released a consultation and said “four created objections were received and properly considered and no other representations had been received”.
The prohibit is will be enforced along Bregagh Road, from its junction with Ballinlea Road to its junction along with Ballykenver Road.
The particular department said new traffic indications, advising the public of the ban, will be erected in the area “in due course”.