School Streets scheme proposed

School Streets could soon be coming to Reading as part of a new council initiative to help children return to the classroom safely in September.

With thousands of pupils shortly to resume journeys for the start of the new academic year, Reading Borough Council is inviting schools and colleges across the borough to apply to create a School Street outside their buildings.

A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at busy school drop-off and pick-up times. The restriction applies to all school traffic and all through traffic. The result is a safer, healthier and more pleasant environment for everyone. School Streets also provide more space for parents and pupils to adhere to social distancing measures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Schools interested in implementing a School Street can download information and an application pack from www.reading.gov.uk/schoolstreets.

Reading’s School Street initiative is funded through a successful recent bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) who awarded the council £150,000 to support activities to encourage sustainable school trips and enable schools and colleges to re-open safely in September.

The funding pot would also be used to develop an interactive map and web portal where all information on sustainable transport options for each individual school or college could be found in an easy user friendly environment.

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