Many schools experience a number of traffic related issues at the beginning and end of each school day. Solihull Council has therefore introduced ‘School Streets’, a pilot project which aims to address such issues by limiting traffic in the streets surrounding schools at key times, creating a predominantly car free zone.
Marston Green Infant Academy is one of three schools in the area that have been chosen to take part in the scheme, which was originally due to last 18 months ;it has since been decided to be extended.
The aim is to create a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone around schools. The scheme will promote active travel to school by walking and cycling, which in turn, will help to reduce congestion and pollution in the area.
The anticipated benefits of the scheme include:
What are the restrictions?
The streets that are effected by the scheme are:
Elm Farm Avenue
The restrictions are in place on Monday - Friday at the following times:
8:20am - 9:00am
2:45pm - 3:45pm
The restrictions will 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 will however be 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. Further information on these, including information for residents living on the restricted streets, can be found here.
A new 20mph speed limit for all traffic will be introduced alongside the restriction and will be in operation at all times. New gateway signage will be put in place at each entrance to the School Streets displaying the times that the restriction will be in force.
How will it work?
The Council is introducing an experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), which will be in force for a maximum period of 18 months.
Over the first 6 months, members of the public will be able to make representations to the Council concerning the scheme. The Council will evaluate and if necessary adapt the scheme in response to this feedback.
At the end of this period, the project will be evaluated and a decision made as to whether the scheme should be made permanent, modified or revoked.
The experimental TRO will prohibit any motor vehicle without a permit or valid exemption from using the School Streets zone whilst the scheme is in operation.