Streets around this Calderdale school will be closed in bid to tackle pollution

Roads around another Calderdale school will be closed off in a bid to tackle air pollution.

By Ian Hirst
Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 9:10 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 9:12 am

From Monday June 28, Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge will join the 12 other schools across Calderdale which have introduced ‘School Streets’.

Albert Road outside the school will be closed to through traffic at school pick-up times in the afternoon.

Since June 2020, the Council has been working with lschools to trial School Streets across the borough.

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Councillor Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience

This involves providing environments outside schools that enable COVID-safe social distancing measures, reduce air pollution and support pupils to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Councillor Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience, said: “As part of our priorities to address the climate emergency, boost health and wellbeing and give young people the best start in life, we’re working with schools to encourage more active and sustainable ways to travel to and from school.

“Fighting climate change is a joint effort. We’re very grateful to the schools and local residents that have been trialling School Streets with us over the last 12 months, and we’re really pleased to have Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge on board now too. We hope to introduce School Streets outside more schools soon.

“This is a community-based approach to reducing car usage and air pollution, promoting walking and cycling and boosting road safety, health and wellbeing for everyone.”

Schools and residents where existing School Streets schemes are in place are enjoying improved road safety, easier social distancing, reduced traffic, improved air quality and more enjoyable streets.

Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge is joining the trial after feedback and traffic monitoring on Albert Road showed the need for reduced volumes of traffic and improved road safety.

In a survey with residents, parents, carers and staff, the majority supported the introduction of road closures outside school.

Charlie Johnson, Principal of Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge, said: “We are happy to support the Local Authority with their School Streets scheme to make school pick-up times safer for our students, and hopefully reduce the volumes of traffic that have a negative impact on local residents.

"The scheme will be closely monitored and reviewed by the Highways Team and we would encourage parents and residents to share their views on the success of the scheme with them directly.”

Parents, carers and nearby residents and businesses have been contacted directly about the new traffic restrictions. There will be signs in place on site.

If the afternoon trial is successful at Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge, experimental closures could also be introduced during morning drop-off times.

Council teams are supporting the trial through monitoring, engagement with people outside school and enforcement if needed.