Cars to be banned from school run at Cirencester primary

Cars will be banned from the school run in an attempt to improve safety outside a Cirencester primary.

Stratton Primary School is one of four establishments taking part in the next phase of the ‘School Streets’ trials in Gloucestershire.

For a short period at the start and end of each school day, the road outside will only be open for pedestrians and cyclists. Although exceptions will be made for emergency vehicles, blue badge holders and residents.

Gloucestershire County Council will implement the road closure via Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs).

The council’s Thinktravel team is working with the school and will engage residents ahead of the launch of the trial, which will last for up to 18 months.

There will be an opportunity to respond to the ETROs when they go live and this feedback will enable changes to be made if required.

Stratton is one of four schools taking part in this latest phase, due to launch in the spring. There are already trials in place at Tewkesbury Primary School and Warden Hill Primary School.

A council spokesperson said: “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 at gloucestershire.gov.uk/schoolstreets

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