When does it start?
The School Street consultation has been extended. The trial will still go ahead but following comments from the Police and members of the public plans will be amended in line with local feedback. Read more here.
Is it 24/7? Not just school hours? What about weekends and school holiday times?
It will be 24/7 all year round. This will make the School Street easier to identify and support wider transport benefits. We can review this regularly during the pop-up trial.
How long is the trial for? Will it be made more permanent and if so, when?
The pop-up trial will run from 4th September to the end of December with monthly reviews. If there is sufficient support, the School Street could progress to an 18-month experimental trial.
Does this mean I cannot drive on the School Street if I’m not a resident of the road?
The School Street will be access for residents, deliveries and school buses only, meaning that drivers are asked not to use cars on those roads unless absolutely necessary. In addition, when on the road, all drivers will always have to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.
Can I cross these roads, or do I have to take the long way round?
We are requesting drivers to use alternative routes where possible. It will be possible to cross Oakfield and Somerset Road, but you will have to slow down, and always give way to traffic leaving the School Street and give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.
What about people visiting my house?
Visitors, deliveries, trades people and carers to your home are all allowed. Where possible, please inform visitors that they will always need to give priority to those walking and cycling.
How will it be policed?
We ask that people comply with the scheme during the pop-up trial and will monitor whether this compliance approach is effective. Active consultation will take place during the pop-up trial and this will inform whether other measures are needed.
Will this increase traffic on adjacent roads?
The aim of the School Street is to support a move away from car dependency and promote more active ways of travel. The main finding of a recent study of School Streets published in August 2020 was that School Streets work and there is a reduction in motorised traffic on neighbouring streets too. The study said: “Alongside increasing active travel, the findings suggest that in almost all cases, the total number of motor vehicles across school street closures and neighbouring streets reduced.“
I have children at different schools, how will I get them to each destination in time?
The aim of the School Street is to make walking and cycling a viable option for as many people as possible, as often as possible. There may be families with complex journeys where a car is necessary, additionally individuals may have complex days when use of a car is necessary. Each school has a 5-minute ‘park and stride’ map available to parents to encourage parking away from the school gate. In exceptional cases, drop-offs can occur within the School Street, but we hope that this will be rare.
My child is disabled, how will we get to school?
Disabled people have permitted access to the School Street. Each school has provision for Blue Badge holders, and these will operate as normal.
If I am ill or injured, have a temporary disability or even need to deliver something, how will I get to school?
If you have a temporary issue that is restricting your mobility, or a challenging urgent day and are not able to park and stride, you may need to access the School Street to park. Please always make this the exception and remember to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.
Have the schools been made aware of the School Street?
We have contacted all the schools; they will be getting in touch with parents/guardians of students prior to the start of the autumn term.
How are you going to determine if the School Street is a success?
We will monitor the pop up through active consultation. A successful result would show: increased levels of walking and cycling; decreased motorised traffic; greater confidence in walking and cycling as a mode of transport.
How can I feedback when the trial starts?
There will be multiple opportunities to feedback during the pop-up trial via online surveys and meetings. We will publish advance notice of these surveys and meetings and welcome all attendees.
Which roads are included?
The School Street will be clearly marked out with road signage. It will extend along Oakfield Road and Somerset Road from Broadway to the Whitewell Road junction and Nunney Road from the junction with Oakfield Road to the start of the 20mph speed limit on Critch Hill.
How will this affect the residents of Nunney?
There is an ongoing consultation with residents of Nunney and a meeting will take place in early September. We will advertise the meeting via our Facebook page.
Will this cause longer journeys and therefore use more fuel and cause more pollution?
Some individual car journeys may be longer, but we are expecting an overall shift to walking and cycling and therefore an overall reduction in pollution
For more information and resources on School Streets please visit the resources page on the School Street website.
References:  https://www.napier.ac.uk/about-us/news/school-street-closures
Published 26th August