School car ban set to broaden

Councillor Lesley Hinds during the launch of the School Streets Project at Colinton last year. Picture: Julie Bull
Councillor Lesley Hinds during the launch of the School Streets Project at Colinton last year. Picture: Julie Bull
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MORE schools across the city are set to have cars banned from their vicinity under upcoming council plans.

Abbeyhill, Duddingston, Colinton, Cramond, Sciennes and St John’s RC primary schools all introduced traffic exclusion zones in September last year.

And now Towerbank, St Peter’s and Clermiston are set to follow from March as part of the second phase of a trial 18-month roll out.

Bonaly and Buckstone primaries were also part of initial plans but pulled out amid opposition from parents and surrounding residents.

Transport Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “School Streets is all about promoting a safer, more relaxed atmosphere around our schools, with the aim of encouraging active and sustainable travel amongst children.

“We are already beginning to see the positive impact of the first phase of the scheme, and I look forward to seeing the effect on these three schools.”

More than 30 schools across the city originally expressed an interest in participating in the pilot. The chosen locations had been experiencing road safety issues due to the number of drivers bringing cars too close to school gates.