Scheme to cut school traffic

Residents near East Riding schools may have to apply for exceptions to park during pick up and drop-off times if a new scheme is rolled out.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 10:18 am
Residents near local schools may have to apply for exceptions.

East Riding Council is set to pilot its School Streets scheme at two primary schools in the district during the Autumn term.

The scheme is designed to cut traffic on roads outside schools during peak times and to encourage parents and pupils to walk or cycle.

“Park and Stride” venues will also be set up, allowing parents to park within five minutes’ walk of the schools.

But the plans will also require residents and businesses to apply for exemptions to parking restrictions which would be enforced during morning drop-offs and afternoon pick ups. The council also plans to exempt certain vehicles from the rules.

The council’s enhancing communities portfolio holder, Gary McMaster, said the pilot followed successful trials of the scheme elsewhere in the country.

Cllr McMaster said: “School children’s safety and well-being is obviously of paramount importance and any initiative like School Streets that helps to address this will be warmly received.

“Following a successful pilot of the scheme, we hope to be working with other schools elsewhere within the East Riding to roll out the project further.”

Heidi Whyley, head teacher at Airmyn Park Primary, which is one of the schools taking part in the pilot, said: “To achieve safer streets around our school at drop-off and pick up times in the day would be a dream come true for our children. It would also be one of the most responsible actions I would be proud to say our East Riding team, staff, parents and local community had accomplished. A long awaited opportunity received with gratitude.”

The council is set to provide parents and carers with more information on the scheme and launch a dedicated website at the start of October.