Next phase of School Streets trials to be launched

School Streets are kept open at school run times for those travelling by foot, bike or scooter, to create a safer, cleaner environment and encourage sustainable and healthier streets for all.

Two schools have been involved since the initiative launched at the beginning of November 2020 – Tewkesbury C of E Primary School and Warden Hill Primary School in Cheltenham.

Four more schools will be taking part when the next phase launches in spring this year:

  • Longlevens Junior School, Gloucester
  • Widden Primary School, Gloucester
  • Cam Woodfield Infant School, Cam Woodfield Junior School and The Woodfield Nest, Dursley
  • Stratton C of E Primary School, Cirencester

The School Streets will only be open to pedestrians, cyclists and those with exemptions, including emergency vehicles, Blue Badge holders and residents, for a short period at the start and end of each school day.

The road closures and any other waiting restrictions will be implemented using Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs), which is a legal process Gloucestershire County Council has to follow which includes consultation with the public. The county council’s Thinktravel team is working closely with the schools and will engage with local residents ahead of the launch of the next trials, which will last for up to 18 months.

The public will have the opportunity to respond to the ETROs when they go live and this feedback will enable changes to be made during the 18 month period if required.

The schemes will be continually reviewed and a decision on whether to make them permanent will be made taking all representations received throughout formal public consultation periods into consideration.

The current trials at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School and Warden Hill Primary School finish at the beginning of May and feedback from the initial consultation process covering the first six months revealed many families feel safer walking, scooting and cycling to school because of the reduction in traffic congestion and hazardous parking.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for road safety, said: “We’re always keen to make school travel safer and encourage healthy lifestyles, so I’m pleased to see more schools will be taking part in the School Streets trials.

“We hope they will encourage active travel and reduce traffic congestion around schools and welcome the views of local residents and anyone involved in the school communities.”

More information about School Streets can be found here: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schoolstreets

Active travel will help us work towards a Greener Gloucestershire by reducing carbon emissions from transport. To find out more follow #GreenerGloucestershire on social media, visit  Greener Gloucestershire – Gloucestershire County Council and sign up to receive updates via our Greener Gloucestershire newsletter.

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