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School Streets programme supporting social distancing at Hounslow schools

Schools across the borough are temporarily restricting traffic at school drop-off and pick up times resulting in a safer, healthier and more pleasant environment for everyone.

Published: Monday, 15th June 2020

School streets

Schools across the borough are implementing School Streets schemes to temporarily restrict motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick up times resulting in a safer, healthier and more pleasant environment for everyone. In many cased the School Streets programme has been brought forward from September to support social distancing as the phased return to the classroom is underway. The restriction applies to school traffic and through traffic, while not impacting on travel for residents in the designated areas.

The current pandemic means people need to be able to physically distance while waiting at the school gate. By removing traffic from around schools, road space can be used for waiting, walking, scooting and cycling. Creating this additional space facilitates physical distancing around schools and reduced the risk of accidents occurring if pupils, parents/carers and staff are forced to make space for others by stepping onto roads while they are in use by motor traffic.

In the longer-term School Streets will provide multiple benefits including helping people to have more physical activity, reduce childhood obesity, improve air quality, reduce collisions and accidents associated with the school run and reduce noise pollution, creating a calmer environment, helping with concentration and mental health.

Hounslow Council Transport officers have been working in partnership with schools to identify priority locations across Hounslow. These include:

  • Where there are two or more schools in close proximity to one another.
  • Schools with narrow footways.
  • Schools with large intake/multi form entry, so that even with staggered start/finish times crowding outside is still likely.
  • Where crowding outside school was identified as an issue prior to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Where road danger was identified as an issue prior to coronavirus.
  • Where plans are already progressing to deliver a School Street and can be fast tracked
  • Where other ‘Streetspace’ interventions such as Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are planned.
  • Where schools are situated within or in close proximity to a cul-de-sac.

The schools in the borough that have implemented a School Streets scheme for the current phased return to the classroom are listed below, with many more schools set to also implement their schemes in September

School

Area

St Paul’s CofE Primary School

Brentford

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School & The William Hogarth Primary School

Chiswick

Sparrow Farm Infant & Nursery School

Feltham

Fairholme Primary School

Feltham

Edward Pauling Primary School

Feltham

Hounslow Heath Junior School

Hounslow

The Orchard Primary School

Hounslow

St Michael & St Martin Catholic Primary School

Hounslow

Lampton School (secondary)

Hounslow

Spring Grove Primary School

Isleworth

 

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:

“The accelerated introduction of School Streets has been a key part of the Council’s emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic and the phased re-opening of schools. We have been working closely with schools across the borough and are delighted to have 11 participating schools at this stage, with more schools coming on board for the start of the academic year in September. 

“By creating a safer environment around schools, the programme is directly supporting social distancing and in the longer term we hope that school communities will adapt to and enjoy adopting active transport into their day, helping their physical and mental wellbeing.”

Please contact STA@hounslow.gov.uk for more information or to suggest a location.

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