Tackling congestion at the school gates
Many schools across the borough experience a number of traffic related issues at the beginning and end of each school day.
Solihull Council therefore introduced ‘School Streets’, a project which aims to address such issues by limiting traffic in the streets surrounding schools at key times, creating a predominantly car free zone.
We aim to create a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone around schools. The scheme promotes active travel to school by walking and cycling, which in turn, will help to reduce congestion and pollution in the area.
The benefits of the scheme include:
- an increase in walking and cycling and active lifestyles for pupils and parents/carers
- a reduction in traffic speed, congestion and pollution around the school gates which will aid children and parents when accessing school
- improvements in levels of childhood obesity
- provide a tool to allow the Council to proactively respond to parking related concerns raised by parents and residents
Where is it happening?
The three schools selected are:
The restrictions mean that most vehicles, including those driven by parents and carers at the three schools will not be able to drive into the roads covered by the restrictions to drop off or pick up children during the periods that the restriction is in force.
There are however a number of exemptions to the restriction that will permit certain traffic to use the roads during the period that the restriction is in force.
The scheme will go live at each of the three sites from September 2017 to coincide with the start of the new 2017/18 school year and run for an initial trial period of up to 18 months.
Access any of the links below to find out further information on the scheme: