Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet today agreed to trial School Street schemes in 2020/21 after months of campaigning by Liberal Democrat County Councillors.

Borough Councillor Tony Dale and County and Borough Councillor Iain Dobie at Warden Hill School

Following last month’s motion, calling for the rapid introduction of School Street schemes in the county, Glouceshire County Council’s Cabinet has acceded to trial schemes at three schools: Kingsholm Primary in Gloucester, Warden Hill Primary in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Primary.

These trials, starting in time for the new school term in September, will help to deliver active travel and reduce air pollution, as well as assist with social-distancing while Covid-19 measures remain in place. 

At this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Cllr Iain Dobie again presented the case for School Street trials, highlighting how such schemes fit with the Transport Secretary’s vision of a new era for cycling and walking, while also protecting the health of our county’s children from damaging air pollution.

Cabinet agreed to support the trials with a budget of £100,000 to support the Traffic Regulation Orders, signage, lines, equipment and monitoring.

Reacting to the news, Cllr Dobie said:

“It’s been an extraordinarily long journey to get here; however after many months of campaigning and lobbying by myself and other Lib Dem colleagues, I am delighted that we will finally have official School Street trials in our county. 

“I have seen the transformational shift these schemes have had elsewhere – including in Warden Hill where we established an unofficial School Street scheme in spite of the obstacles.  We have witnessed increasing numbers of children walking and cycling to school and a reduction in damaging air pollution at the school gate, as well as increased space for children and parents to socially distance with Covid-19 still present. 

“I have no doubt that the trials will prove a huge success and I look forward to campaigning for the widespread adoption at any suitable school in Gloucestershire to keep all children safe on their way to school!”

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