School Streets programme implemented at St Paul's and Spring Grove
Picture: William Hogarth School
Two primary schools in the Brentford and Isleworth area are taking part in a council scheme to try to reduce school run traffic.
St Paul’s CofE and Spring Grove Primary Schools are temporarily restricting motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick up times
The council’s School Streets programme has been brought forward from September to support social distancing as the phased return to the classroom is underway. They say the restrictions apply to school traffic and through traffic, while not impacting on travel for residents in the designated areas.
The current pandemic means people need to be able to physically distance while waiting at the school gate. By removing traffic from around schools, the council believe that more road space can be used for waiting, walking, scooting and cycling and that creating this additional space facilitates physical distancing and reduces the risk of accidents occurring.
In the longer-term it is hoped School Streets will provide multiple benefits including helping people to have more physical activity, reduce childhood obesity, improve air quality, reduce collisions and reduce noise pollution.
Hounslow Council Transport officers have been working in partnership with schools to identify priority locations across Hounslow. More schools are set to implement their schemes in September.
Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said, “The accelerated introduction of School Streets has been a key part of the Council’s emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic and the phased re-opening of schools. We have been working closely with schools across the borough and are delighted to have 11 participating schools at this stage, with more schools coming on board for the start of the academic year in September.
“By creating a safer environment around schools, the programme is directly supporting social distancing and in the longer term we hope that school communities will adapt to and enjoy adopting active transport into their day, helping their physical and mental wellbeing.”
You can contact STA@hounslow.gov.uk for more information or to suggest a location.
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June 17, 2020