Primary schools trial traffic ban

Cars won't be allowed to park outside six primary schools in Edinburgh at drop-off and pick-up times

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We all know that traffic outside schools at drop-off and pick-up times can get hectic. And now, six primary schools in Edinburgh are trialling a solution to the problem – banning traffic outside schools at peak times all together.

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The council-run pilot scheme will see an exclusion zone for cars on the streets outside the schools for a full hour at the beginning and end of each day for 18 months, according to the BBC.

Edinburgh City Council said banning cars from the streets outside the schools should create a safer, more pleasant environment and to encourage children to walk and cycle to school.

After 18 months a decision will be taken on whether to roll the traffic ban out at other schools in the city.

“The whole idea behind it is we reduce the level of traffic that comes near the school entrances,” Sharon McGhee, acting headteacher at Colinton Primary School said.

“We are hoping if we do that, children and their families will scoot, cycle or walk to school and it will make it safer for them to enter school.

“People haven’t been hurt here at Colinton Primary, however, it gets very congested in the mornings.”

“I think it’s going to be absolutely fantastic because there are a lot of cars,” a parent with children at the school said. “I think because the parents are stressed they forget the kids are going to school.”

Would you like to see traffic banned at your school? Or would you struggle to get your kids to school on time? Let us know in the comments below.

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