Islington council is conducting an 18-month trial of a ‘School Street’ initiative, aimed at cutting air pollution near schools by closing roads to vehicle traffic during the start and end of the school day.
Under the scheme, Duncan Street, close to the St John Evangelist Catholic Primary School, will be closed between 8.15am to 9.15am and 3.00pm to 3.45pm term time only.
Vehicles will not be able to enter the street between the times of operation unless they have been given an exemption. Vehicles who do not have an exemption will receive a penalty charge notice.
The St John Evangelist scheme is the first School Streets Scheme in Islington, which plans to introduce schemes outside more borough primary schools.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “We’re delighted St John Evangelist Catholic Primary School will have Islington’s first School Street, to help improve children’s health and boost road safety.
“Our School Street Scheme aims to cut pollution outside schools and make it safer and easier for children to travel to and from school.
“Children are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of air pollution, which is a life or death issue for London. We’re determined to take action to improve air quality at the school gates, and we will take enforcement action against drivers who ignore this scheme to improve air quality and make roads near schools safer.
“We will be launching more School Streets soon, as part of our pioneering proposal to bring School Streets to more of Islington’s primary schools.â€?
According to Islington, in a consultation earlier this year, 83% of responses backed the proposal for St John Evangelist. The School Street, which began on Monday (November 12) will run initially for an 18-month trial period.
Stephanie Day, headteacher of St John Evangelist Catholic Primary School, said: “The Governors and staff welcome the scheme, which will ensure that the road is safer for our pupils as they arrive and leave from school.
“The road outside of school is very narrow and the number of vehicles using it as the children arrive has been a safety concern for us for a number of years. It will also help to reduce the high levels of pollution making the air quality safer for our pupils.â€?
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