School Streets trial to be launched
By Sarah Wood | 21st October 2020
Two schools in Gloucestershire are set to take part in the county's first School Streets trial straight after half term.
Durham Close, by Warden Hill Primary School in Cheltenham, and Rope Walk, outside Tewkesbury C of E Primary School, will be closed to traffic to prioritise people arriving on foot, bike or scooter during drop-off and pick-up times.
The scheme will start during the week commencing 2nd November and aims to provide a healthy and safe environment, with extra space to allow for social distancing in response to Covid-19.
Benefits include improving road safety and air quality, reducing traffic congestion and encouraging active travel and healthy lifestyles for children and families.
The streets in the trail will only be open to pedestrians, cyclists and those with exemptions (including emergency vehicles, Blue Badge holders and residents) from 8.15am to 9.15am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.
The trial will last 12 months to 18 months, and a decision will be made whether or not to make it permanent.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: "We're always keen to make school travel safer and easier - and that's why we're looking carefully at School Streets schemes. They have the potential to improve air quality and cut congestion - but we need to see how they work in practice.
"They will also create more space outside the schools, so people can keep to social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. We will regularly review the trial, so I would encourage people to complete the survey after the scheme has launched so we can get your feedback."
More information on the School Streets trial is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schoolstreets and a survey will be launched on 2nd November.
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