THE Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) has introduced a traffic light system to let visitors know if individual car parks are busy.

The authority has reopened some car parks but is encouraging people to maintain social distance.

If a site is listed as 'red' online, then members of the public are asked to choose another location. Amber indicates a car park is 'fairly busy'.

On the LDNPA website, a spokesman said: "Our teams will be patrolling car parks across the Lake District National Park throughout the day, and will update the status on each visit."

The LDNPA also offered the following advice to visitors for creating 'a safer Lake District':

- Have a few different ideas of places to visit in case a particular car park is busy.

- Do not park outside of a designated car parking space - for example, along a road - to ensure emergency vehicles have space and that farmers' gates are not blocked.

- Pay online for car parks if possible, or wait in the car until a pay machine is free.

- Maintain social distance.

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