Streets leading to two primary schools in Bramley and Kirkstall will be closed to traffic during the school run under council plans to extend an experimental social distancing scheme.
As previously reported in May, Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary was one of six schools across Leeds to have the road leading to it closed off with cones and signs to make social distancing easier for parents taking their children to school.
The council has announced £35,000 funding for up to 11 schools across the city to make up phase two of the experiment, which effectively pedestrianises whole streets.
A council report names Beecroft Primary School in Kirkstall and Hollybush Primary in Bramley as two West Leeds schools who will take part in the latest round of the scheme. The reports says:
“By reducing vehicular movement School Streets encourage parents and carers to
walk, cycle or scoot to school, reducing the number of children travelling to school
“The COVID-19 pandemic requires families to distance themselves from others,
School Streets help enable social distancing on the journey to and from school by
minimising vehicular movement and creating a safer environment.”
Schools which applied but were unsuccessful include Kirkstall Valley Primary School, Kirkstall St Stephen’s, and Valley View Community Primary School, Stanningley.