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
The current schools are:
- Haslucks Green Junior School
- Marston Green Infant Academy & Wayside (which will support the wider area and Marston Green Junior School.)
- Oak Cottage Primary School
- Olton Primary School
- St Andrew’s Primary School - Windrush Close
- Widney Junior School - Clifton Crescent
The restrictions mean that most vehicles, including those driven by parents and carers at the three schools not 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 permit certain traffic to use the roads during the period that the restriction is in force.
April 2022 update - School Streets Phase 3
Phase 3 of our School Streets initiative was approved earlier this year and will be introduced at the following schools early in 2022:
- Cranmore Infants, Northland Road
- Windy Arbor, Woodlands Way
In addition we also intend to expand our School Streets offer to enable tailored solutions to be developed for a wider range of schools than is currently possible.
Initially this new offer will be trialled at two locations, and will include such measures as additional parking, loading / un-loading restrictions and messages to raise awareness of Air Quality improvements. The proposed sites are the schools in the vicinity of Grandborough Drive and Lawnswood Avenue.
Access any of the links below to find out further information on the scheme: