The plans have been brought forward to assist with ‘social distancing’ as schools prepare to start reopening after 1 June. The three schools are part of a six school trial, but Leeds City Council is keen to quickly roll out the scheme to many more schools.
Roads around the schools will be closed to traffic at set times, typically up to one hour, in the morning and the afternoon. Exemptions will be made for residents who require access and for people attending school with medical needs.
The closures will have benefits beyond the Covid-19 outbreak. Parents and carers bringing their children to school by car, who currently make up to 30% of the total, typically attempt to park as close to the school gates as possible causing congestion, compromising the safety of pedestrians and reducing air quality, especially from idling engines. It is hoped the measures will encourage more families to walk, cycle or scoot to school.
The schools in the trial have been chosen because they have taken part in previous programmes such as temporary play streets and all have the active support of the headteacher.
The measures will be put in place by Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders which will run for 18 months, during which the schemes will be reviewed. Discussions are taking place between the Council and West Yorkshire Police regarding who will legally police the road closures, but Council officers and school staff will be on hand to explain the changes to motorists.
The cost of the six school pilot is £15,000. Click here to read the full report.
Clapgate Primary School: Cranmore Drive and part of Rylands Road will be closed Monday-Friday, 8:30-9:10am and 3-3:40pm.
Ingram Road Primary School: parts of Ingram Road, Rydall Place, Rydall Terrace, Rydall Street, Brown Lane East and Crosby Street plus Colenso Gardens will be closed Monday-Friday 8:10-9:50am and 2:10-3:50pm.
Lane End Primary School: Beeston Road from the junction with Hunslet Hall Road and Lane End Place will be closed Monday-Friday 8:25-9:50am and 1:40-3:50pm.
Photo: Lane End Primary School created a temporary play street in September 2019.