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Plans for rural toll road
Toll booth
Visitors to the Peak District may have to pay a toll
Plans to introduce the first rural toll road in Britain at two Derbyshire beauty spots have been revived.

The county council wants to charge drivers for using Derwent Lane near the Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs on weekends and Bank Holidays.

The aim is to encourage the use of public transport.

Officials had originally scrapped the idea after problems with the site of an additional park-and-ride scheme but are now negotiating with a local landowner.

Public consultation

The council had planned to use Severn Trent's land in the area until the company pulled out.

Steve Cannon, Derbyshire's Transportation Manager, says the toll would alleviate congestion at peak times.

"We're asking people to think about whether they could come at a different time when there wouldn't be a charge."

A public consultation on the scheme will go ahead when a site has been confirmed.

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