Pupils at a Wigan Borough primary school are tackling traffic and air pollution by encouraging parents to walk more.
Lamberhead Green Primary School in Orrell is thought to be the first in Greater Manchester to launch the School Street scheme, which closes the school’s road to vehicles at pick up and drop off times.
Children at the school have volunteered to be ‘travel ambassadors’ to help facilitate the closure and to monitor performance through surveys. The aim is to make the road safer by reducing traffic and dangerous parking.
It means that parents travelling by car will need to find an alternative safe space outside of the zone to park and walk the remainder of the journey.
The School Street means that Kershaw St, where the school is situated, is closed 8.30am-9.15am and 3pm-3.40pm. Access for blue badge holders, emergency services and staff will be maintained.
By participating in the School Street scheme, Lamberhead Green Primary can also work towards its silver Modeshift STARS – a nationally accredited travel plan recognising schools showing excellence in walking, cycling and active travel.
Jane Chambers is the head teacher at Lamberhead Green. She said: “When the council approached us about the School Street scheme, we knew we wanted to get involved. It not only promotes safe travel but through encouraging our travel ambassadors to monitor the success, we can teach them valuable skills that they can take with them through their lives.
“Our ambassadors have been really enthusiastic and have been looking forward to launch day. Parents we have spoken to have been equally positive and we look forward to the benefit this change will have on our school community.”
The School Street scheme is aligned with the council’s wider ambition to encourage more people to use sustainable modes of transport and to leave the cars at home.