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A Game of Thrones fan visits a tree lined road known as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

A Game of Thrones fan visits a tree lined road known as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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German couple Sabine and Henry Piehl, ride through the Dark Hedges

German couple Sabine and Henry Piehl, ride through the Dark Hedges

Bob McCallion’s image of the Dark Hedges which was selected for a BBC Countryfile calendar

Bob McCallion’s image of the Dark Hedges which was selected for a BBC Countryfile calendar

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Revved up: Jim Dunlop, Paul Robinson, William Dunlop and Bill Kennedy prepare to ride through the Dark Hedges at Stranocum

Revved up: Jim Dunlop, Paul Robinson, William Dunlop and Bill Kennedy prepare to ride through the Dark Hedges at Stranocum

The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges near Armoy, Co Antrim feature in the new Transformers film.

The Dark Hedges near Armoy, Co Antrim feature in the new Transformers film.

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A Game of Thrones fan visits a tree lined road known as The Dark Hedges on August 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Cars and tourist buses are to be banned for driving down the iconic Dark Hedges road in Co Antrim from the end of the month.

The Department for Infrastructure has issued an order barring everything except agricultural and emergency vehicles and those needing access to land in the area from driving down the beech-tree lined avenue of the Bregagh Road, near Armoy from October 30.

Motorists found flouting the ban could be hit with a £1,000 fine.

The location became famous the world over when it was used, briefly as the Kings Road, in the hit HBO show Game of Thrones.

It also featured in a recent Transformers movie.

The location has become a magnet for tourists. There is even a Game of Thrones-themed hotel nearby.

However, such is its popularity concerns have been increasing over the safety of the famous trees. Constant traffic in the area has been eroding the road in come cases causing trees to come down.

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Dark Hedges on Easter Tuesday.

Dark Hedges on Easter Tuesday.

The Dark Hedges are known around the world as the "Kings Road"  from the HBO series Game of Thrones

The Dark Hedges are known around the world as the "Kings Road" from the HBO series Game of Thrones

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Dark Hedges on Easter Tuesday.

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Recently there have been calls for the department to step with thousands signing a petition calling for a ban.

The Department for Infrastructure said there were four objections received over its ban.

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Workmen clear a fallen tree from the Dark Hedges

Workmen clear a fallen tree from the Dark Hedges

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Workmen clear a fallen tree from the Dark Hedges

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