Roads around more Solihull schools to be closed to traffic, borough announces - The Solihull Observer

Roads around more Solihull schools to be closed to traffic, borough announces

Solihull Editorial 31st Aug, 2020   0

STREETS around three schools in Solihull will have traffic restricted from the start of the new term.

The second phase of Solihull Council’s ‘School Streets’ scheme will close roads around the start and finish of a school day.

A spokeswoman for Solihull Council said: “The innovative scheme, which restricts traffic on roads leading to the three schools at the start and end of the school day, aims to promote sustainable, healthy travel for school children. It also helps to address traffic problems and pollution issues at the school gate which are common concerns for many parents, schools and pupils.

“Phase 2 extends School Streets to selected roads around Widney Junior, Marston Green Junior and St Andrew’s Primary schools, where a new permanent 20mph speed limit for all traffic will also be introduced.

“This second phase of the scheme was due to start in April, following a consultation with residents, parents and carers earlier in the year, but was delayed due to Covid-19.”

Coun Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways, said: “I am really pleased to roll out our successful scheme to a further three schools.

“These measures will make it safer and more pleasant for everyone around the schools, which is even more important as we navigate these difficult times.

“It’s brilliant to see projects like School Streets now receiving recognition by the Government, who are promoting this type of scheme as part of the Covid-19 Emergency Active Travel toolkit.

“As all year groups will be back at school for the first time in many months, we are also making sure we continue to promote active and safe ways for everyone to travel to school in a Covid-secure manner.”


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