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11th Aug, 2022

Two more schools have 'car-free' streets in Solihull

Sarah Mason 13th Jun, 2022

PARENTS can no longer drive or park in the streets around two more Solihull schools.

Since children went back to school after May half term phase 3 of the School Streets scheme has extended to selected roads around Cranmore Infants Primary School and Windy Arbor Primary School.

A new permanent 20mph speed limit for all traffic has been introduced as well as restrictions on traffic on roads leading to schools at the start and end of the school day.

School Streets promote sustainable, healthy travel and also helps to address traffic problems and the air pollution issues at the school gate.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for Environment and Highways, said: “I am really pleased to roll out our successful scheme to a further two schools.

“These measures will make it safer and more pleasant for everyone around the sites.

“The Council is committed to this scheme and now looks to phase four after successfully securing £30,000 from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund.”

Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, cabinet member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, said: “Air pollution is real, and is the biggest environmental threat to our health and our children’s health.

“Therefore, it’s great to see the increased use of the School Streets in the borough which encourages healthier and more sustainable behaviours.

“This is just one Council initiative that will over time contribute to better air quality.

“Others include the installation of electric charging points, improving opportunities for cycling and walking and the work being done by its sustainable travel team to encourage drivers to stop idling.”

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