Warden Hill welcomes School Streets trial
A School Streets trial has been launched today at a primary school in Cheltenham.
Durham Close, by Warden Hill Primary School, is now closed to traffic during drop-off and pick-up times to prioritise those arriving on foot, bike or scooter.
The scheme started today (Tuesday 3 November) and aims to provide a healthy and safe environment, with extra space to allow for social distancing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Potential benefits include improving road safety and air quality, reducing traffic congestion and encouraging active travel and healthy lifestyles for children and families.
The school street 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 road closure has been implemented using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), enabling changes to be made quickly in response to feedback from the public.
The trial will last between 12 and 18 months, during which time a decision will be made whether or not to make it permanent and six-monthly reviews will be held.
Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet agreed to the trial in July and we have been working closely with the school since they returned in September.
More information on the trial, as well as a survey you can fill in, is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schoolstreets.
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 so we can get your feedback.”
Cllr Iain Dobie, county councillor for Leckhampton and Warden Hill, said: “I’m delighted to see this trial has now been launched at Warden Hill. I’m sure it will be very successful and I look forward to seeing more schemes rolled out across the county.”