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School Streets

What are School Streets?

 School Streets is a national initiative which introduces a temporary restriction on traffic, making roads outside schools into pedestrian and cyclist zones at peak times during term time.

 The roads covered by the School Street restriction will become a walking/wheeling, scooting, and cycling zone. Traffic will be restricted for up to an hour at school drop-off and pick-up times in the morning and afternoon. Local residents and emergency vehicles will be exempt from the restriction.

 Why are School Streets schemes being trialled in Cumbria?

Cumbria County Council are introducing several School Street initiatives, around the county to help reduce air pollution and keep children safe from traffic. The County Council’s Local Committees for Barrow, Carlisle, Copeland, and South Lakeland all agreed to implement the experimental Traffic Regulation Order for some schools in their districts, with the aim of reducing traffic and improving air quality. The School Street campaign will be trialled for six months, starting in November 2021.

This scheme will help with the council’s priorities within the 4-year plan:

  • to safeguard children and ensure that Cumbria is a great place to be a child and grow up.
  • to enable communities to live safely and shape services locally.
  • and to provide safe and well-maintained roads and an effective transport network.

How are the School Streets Being Implemented?

The County Council will bring in an experimental Traffic Regulation Order for a School Street initiative outside five schools across Cumbria, which will start after the next half term holiday, on Monday 1 November 2021. The five schools taking part are:

  • Barrow - Askam Village Primary School
  • Carlisle - St Bede’s Catholic School and Inglewood Infants School
  • Copeland - St Patrick’s Primary School, Cleator Moor
  • South Lakeland - Sir John Barrow, Ulverston

Details of Traffic Regulation Orders can be found here.

 How can my school find out more about the School Street Scheme?

Cumbria County Council have not planned any further expansion of school streets at the moment, however please click here to find out more about other active travel initiatives that we are currently offering to enable more children to walk, wheel and cycle to school.

 If you would like to register interest in your school taking part in any possible future School Street Schemes, then please contact Active Travel Officers Mandy Bailey (Barrow, Eden, South Lakes) or Jodie Laird (Carlisle, Allerdale, Copeland) in the first instance.

Further Links

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