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£100k school streets trial agreed for Gloucestershire

Three Gloucestershire primary schools will ban vehicles from near the school gates as part of a trial scheme agreed by senior councillors.

Gloucestershire County Council cabinet backed the Liberal Democrat motion agreed to trial School Street schemes from September.

Kingsholm Primary School in Gloucester, Warden Hill Primary School in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Primary School will take part in the trial which is designed to deliver active travel and reduce air pollution.

Supporters say it will also assist with social distancing.

Cabinet agreed a budget of £100,000 to support the traffic regulation orders, signs, lines, equipment and monitoring.

Councillor Iain Dobie, who presented the case for the Lib Dems, said: "I have seen the transformational shift these schemes have had elsewhere - including in Warden Hill where we established an unofficial School Street scheme in spite of the obstacles.

"We have witnessed increasing numbers of children walking and cycling to school and a reduction in damaging air pollution at the school gate, as well as increased space for children and parents to socially distance with COVID-19 still present.

"I have no doubt the trials will prove a huge success and I look forward to campaigning for the widespread adoption at any suitable school in Gloucestershire to keep all children safe on their way to school."

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