Pilot schemes will see traffic restricted near two Pocklington schools and one in Market Weighton from September

Two pilot schemes aimed at reducing traffic congestion outside schools are set to operate in Pocklington and Market Weighton.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 2:25 pm
The School Streets scheme will see traffic restricted at the start and the end of the school day.
The School Streets scheme will see traffic restricted at the start and the end of the school day.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to carry out trials of the initiative, called School Streets, outside Pocklington Infant and St Mary and St Joseph RC Primary Schools, and Market Weighton Infant School from September.

Maxwell Road in Pocklington, and a one-way section of Princess Road, Market Weighton, will be covered by an experimental motor vehicle restrictions, which will only be enforced during drop off and pick up times in the mornings and afternoons.

Residents and any businesses located on the effected streets will have the opportunity to apply for an exemption permit which will allow access to the School Streets zone during the restricted times.

In addition, there will also be a list of exempted vehicles which may enter the zone during the restriction.

Encouraging parents, carers and families to either park well away from the school or travel more sustainably through walking or cycling will help to reduce congestion, parking pressures, discourage unnecessary car journeys and improve the environment outside the school gates.

Pocklington Infant School headteacher, Dr Bartram, said: “Pocklington CE Infant school is looking forward to participating in the School Streets scheme.

“We hope that by restricting Maxwell Road for a short period every day, we can ensure a safer journey to and from school for our families.”

Market Weighton Infant School headteacher, Mrs Kay-Wood, said: “In joining the School Streets initiative, we hope that our children and families will benefit from a safer journey to school by reducing school traffic along the road leading to the school.

“It should also create a healthier environment and encourage more children to walk, bike or scoot to school.”

Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for enhancing communities for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am delighted to support the implementation of School Streets.

“It is a wonderful initiative to help reduce traffic congestion and parking pressures outside schools while promoting more active and sustainable journeys though walking and cycling.

“Encouraging more to travel in an active way daily, has a huge benefit not only to our environment and to the communities in which we live and work, but also to our physical and mental health.

“I am sure many parents, carers and their children are benefitting from a more pleasant environment, and generally making the area outside schools much less stressful and congested for everyone at drop-off and collection times.”

Each school is now looking for volunteer marshals to support their School Streets project – volunteers are crucial to the scheme, as they will be on hand to help and guide motorists and pedestrians to understand the new restrictions, and explain what’s going on in a friendly, polite and positive way.