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21 October 2021

Safer School Streets scheme to be trialled across Cumbria

Cumbria County Council are introducing several School Street initiatives, around the county to help reduce air pollution and keep children safe from traffic.

The County Council will bring in an experimental Traffic Regulation Order for a School Street initiative outside five schools across Cumbria, which will start after the next half term holiday, on Monday 1 November 2021.

The schools taking part are:

  • Barrow - Askam Village Primary School
  • Carlisle - St Bede’s Catholic School and Inglewood Infants School
  •  Copeland - St Patrick’s Primary School, Cleator Moor
  • South Lakeland - Sir John Barrow, Ulverston

School Streets is a national initiative which introduces a temporary restriction on traffic, making roads outside schools into pedestrian and cyclist zones at peak times during term time.

The roads covered by the School Street restriction will become a walking, scooting, and cycling zone. Traffic will be restricted for up to an hour at school drop-off and pick-up times in the morning and afternoon. Local residents and emergency vehicles will be exempt from the restriction.

The County Council’s Local Committees for Barrow, Carlisle, Copeland, and South Lakeland all agreed to implement the experimental Traffic Regulation Order for some schools in their districts, with the aim of reducing traffic and improving air quality. The School Street campaign will be trialled for six months, starting in November 2021.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said:

“The School Streets campaign is a fantastic child friendly initiative, designed to make the journeys to and from school safer and healthier for children and their families.  We are hoping to see the congestion levels reducing significantly for each of these schools.

Everyone who collects children in vehicles, needs to take responsibility for their parking and the safety of the pupils. We are hopeful that this scheme will make parents rethink their travel plans, and that they might walk, scoot or cycle to school where possible”.

Cllr Sue Sanderson, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said:

“I am delighted that we are in a position to implement the School Street scheme to five schools across the county.  Cumbria is a wonderful place to grow up, and all children should feel safe getting to and from school.  These trial restrictions will help to make the pupils journeys safer, it’s a great way for families to spend time together by walking and talking and physical activity can improve the mood of children arriving at school refreshed, alert and ready to learn”. 



Road Closure next to Inglewood Infants School - Carlisle

 

Road closure next to Askam Village Primary School - Barrow

 

Road closure next to Sir John Barrow - Ulverston

 

Road closure next to St Patrick’s Primary School - Cleator Moor


Road closure next to St Bede's Catholic School - Carlisle

 

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Cumbria County Council are introducing several School Street initiatives, around the county to help reduce air pollution and keep children safe from traffic.