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Southampton school implements no-car zone, prioritising children over motorists

Daniel Ostanek
4 Dec 2018

Timed road closures are the first of their kind in the city

St John’s Primary and Nursery School in Southampton has become one of the first schools outside of London to implement timed road closures.

The closures, which came into effect on 26th November, are achieved using bollards which fold up from the road.

The move was taken in order to improve safety and air quality at the school, which was identified as a site that would particularly benefit due to being split by a road.

Free bike checks and ‘try a bike’ sessions were on offer at the scheme’s launch event, which saw parents and children able to learn more about sustainable travel methods.

It’s the latest in a line of initiatives by the school to tackle air pollution and encourage sustainable travel. Previous efforts have included a ‘Clean Air Day’, and ‘Walktober’.

A similar scheme has been trialled at five schools in Hackney, London.

From mid-2017 onwards, access to streets around those schools at opening and closing times has been restricted to pedestrians and bicycles only, with some exemptions.

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