Best foot forward as 'school street' scheme sets off

Children have been putting their best foot forward after the county’s first “school street” initiative was launched this week.

Arriving for school with the road closed, pupils Immy Felton, 11, and Zach Williams, 11, with deputy head Tom Larkham
Arriving for school with the road closed, pupils Immy Felton, 11, and Zach Williams, 11, with deputy head Tom Larkham

The safety initiative has been introduced at Coleham Primary School in Shrewsbury, where traffic is now banned on Greyfriars Road when children arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon.

Head teacher Claire Jones said it had been so far, so good, and believes it’s now a lot safer for the children in an area that is traditionally busy with traffic.

“It’s just proven to us that there was a lot of traffic coming through that wasn’t needed. It’s a lot safer for the children and it’s been lovely. We’re the first in the county so it’s nice to be leading the way.”

Greyfriars Road is shut between its junctions from 8.20am to 9am and 2.50pm to 3.30pm during the week in term time.

Mrs Jones added: “The school street scheme is an excellent idea.”

Belle Vue councillor Kate Halliday added: "I'm really pleased with the response. We've been working hard with council and school to get the first school street in Shropshire established. The Belle Vue Community Action Group have worked hard to get community volunteers involved. I've noticed a reduction in cars on the street. It feels much safer for families to get to school."

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