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Car free school streets | Car free school streets | Birmingham City Council

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Car free school streets

Since September 2019, roads outside 6 schools in Birmingham have been closed to motor traffic at the start and end of the school day. This is part of a pilot scheme to reduce congestion and improve air quality at the school gates as well as making it easier and safer to walk or cycle to school.

Building on the success of this initial pilot, the initiative is being expanded to include 6 additional schools for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

This scheme aims to:

  • cut down on traffic and parking pressures outside schools
  • discourage car journeys to school and encourage walking and cycling
  • make the streets outside schools safer at the start and end of the day
  • improve air quality and create a more pleasant environment for everyone

Phase 1 schools involved

  • Alston Primary (Heartlands)
  • Chilcote Primary (Hall Green South)
  • Cofton Primary (Longbridge & West Heath)
  • Featherstone Primary (Stockland Green)
  • Nelson Primary (Ladywood),
  • St Francis CE Primary (Bournville & Cotteridge)

Phase 2 schools involved

  • Anderton Park Primary School (Moseley)
  • Hillstone Primary School (Shard End)
  • Holy Cross Catholic Primary School (Sutton Walmley & Minworth)
  • Somerville Primary School (Small Heath)
  • Woodthorpe Junior & Infant School (Brandwood & Kings Heath)
  • Wyndcliffe Primary School (Bordesley Green)

Please see how schools were selected and details on what type of locations are most appropriate for this part time closure of streets to traffic.

All schools in Birmingham are able to benefit through the existing Modeshift STARS scheme, which offers support and rewards to schools for taking steps to promote safer, greener and healthier travel.