Bermuda’s environmental groups have berated a decision greenlighting commercial quad bike tours on the Railway Trail in the West End.

Jonathan Starling, executive director at Greenrock, said the group was “profoundly disappointed” by the announcement.

Mr Starling said: “We believe this decision flies in the face of the public interest, public policy and legislation.”

Kim Smith, executive director at Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce, said she believed the decision “runs contrary to the views clearly expressed by the community”.

Bill Zuill, executive director at Bermuda National Trust, said the organisation was “deeply dismayed and disheartened”.

The comments came after it was unveiled that the controversial plan had been approved for a one-year trial period.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, made the announcement yesterday to MPs in the House of Assembly.

Read more here: