The North Yorkshire Timber Freight Quality Partnership provides a map of timber transport routes in the county.
The freight quality partnership brings together representatives of the County Council, the Forestry Commission, the timber and forestry industries and haulage interests.
You can view the timber map via the button below. For background information about the timber routes map, please see the questions and answers below.
If you have any queries please contact Victoria Hutchinson at North Yorkshire County Council on 08458 727374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background information about the timber routes map
Timber felling and transport (timber extraction) is becoming a significant part of the rural economy of North Yorkshire. There are over 40,000 hectares of woodland in North Yorkshire, with in the region of 200,000 tonnes of timber being extracted annually across the County. The timber industry supports in the region of 2,000 jobs in the County.
The freight quality partnership has developed a North Yorkshire timber routes map. This map identifies forest exit points where timber vehicles will enter the county road network, the estimated number of round trips per day from each forest exit point and the route the timber will take from the forest to the A and B road network.
- No extraction planned
- Light - zero to two round trips per day
- Medium - two to five round trips per day
- Heavy - more than five round trips per day
- Agreed routes (red) can be used at any time for timber haulage.
- Consultation routes (amber) are recognised as being key to timber extraction but are not up to agreed route standard. Consultation with the local highways area office should take place before extraction. It is expected that this should take the form of prior notification in order to enable a view to be taken on any local considerations or highway conditions that may need to be addressed before operations begin. It may be necessary to agree appropriate conditions of use to minimise likely impacts. In the vast majority of cases it is expected that no major issues would arise and that haulage operations would proceed.
- Severely restricted routes (purple) are recognised as being particularly sensitive. In these cases a route action plan may be required. The highways area office, in conjunction with the timber operator, will review and inspect the route to identify all issues that may have an impact on the highway or the local communities.
- Excluded routes (blue) should not be used for timber transport in their present condition. These routes are either formally restricted, or are close to being formally restricted, to protect the road from damaging loads.
Due to variations in the timber market, production plans and road conditions the map can never be a fully accurate plan of what timber will be extracted. It does however provide a very useful guide to inform local communities about what timber extraction operations will be taking place in their area and also provides the industry with information on which routes they can use.