A £4,000 scheme to improve safety outside Worle Village Primary school is being trialled.
Government funding for active travel has funded the scheme which addresses the lack of footway and narrow road outside the primary school. This was causing problems during the start and end of the school day.
To create a safer route to school, a one-way system is being trialled, allowing a demarcated footway to provide space for pedestrians.
The new scheme also allows the school to adequately address social distancing at its gates ready for when all pupils can return to the classroom.
If successful and following local consultation, the scheme could be made permanent, helping pupils to continue walking and cycling to school and reducing the need for short car journeys.
Other schools which have benefitted from safety improvements include All Saint’s Primary, Clevedon and Clevedon School. Pedestrian and cycle zones have been created which restrict motor vehicle access between 8am and 4pm.
All the changes are funded through the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel fund, as part of the Covid response. The fund will help upgrade other social distancing schemes outside identified schools to improve safety for families walking and cycling to school.
To find out more about changes to road layouts during the pandemic visit n-somerset.gov.uk/roadspace