Children sing praises of active travel as Southborough School Street made permanent

A trial scheme aimed at promoting active travel to and from school has been made permanent after a reported decrease in car use.

Southborough Church of England Primary School was given permission to run the trial School Streets scheme in September 2021 for up to six months.

Southborough School Streets scheme

The scheme has also led to a decrease in sole car journeys for those travelling to and from school.

The Kent School Streets model has been developed by Kent County Council (KCC) to work in partnership with school leaders who aim to increase safety and reduce pollution by creating a “zone” outside the school gates which facilitates walking and cycling to school.

This is done by restricting traffic outside the school entrance during the peak morning and afternoon times.

Southborough School Streets scheme

Part of Broomhill Park Road was closed to vehicles between 8am and 8.45am and again between 2.45pm and 3.30pm each Monday to Friday, during term time only.

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, said: “The results from our travel surveys show 6% fewer car journeys were being made by Southborough school pupils.

Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier

“Instead, our data shows there was a 5% increase in pupils and parents deciding the walk, scooter or bicycle to and from school in the year up to September 2021.

“This is a fantastic result and I am delighted the school and local community will be able to benefit from this scheme in the future.”

Southborough Church of England Primary School head teacher, Emma Savage, said: “We are thrilled that our School Street has been made permanent as it’s had such a huge positive impact for us.

“It has dramatically improved the safety of our children and families at the beginning and end of the day and it has also improved children’s physical health, wellbeing and readiness for learning.

“The atmosphere and environment have changed significantly from a risky, stressful, polluted one to a safe, relaxed and calm start to the day.”

KCC wants to hear from senior leaders interested in finding out more about School Streets. Visit www.kentconnected.org/school-streets-kent/ to find out more and see if your location is suitable. You can also email any enquiries to  schoolstreets@kent.gov.uk.

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Children sing praises of active travel as Southborough School Street made permanent was last modified: May 27th, 2022 by Ellis Stephenson