Six schools across East Sussex will be making more space outside their gates at pick up and drop off times when pupils return to school this month.
The trial School Streets schemes will restrict non-essential motor traffic at specific times to make more space for social distancing, walking and cycling during the school run. The six-week trial will start on March 15 2021 and finish on May 7 2021.
The schemes are being delivered by East Sussex County Council in partnership with walking and cycling charity Sustrans.
They are being funded through a grant of £1.8m which the council successfully secured from the second tranche of the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund to deliver a programme of longer term projects to support more walking and cycling across the county.
Cllr Claire Dowling, lead member for transport and the environment, said: “I am delighted that we have secured government funding to run trial School Streets schemes at six schools in East Sussex.
“Working with Sustrans, I hope we will be able to show the benefits of these schemes in terms of road safety and air quality as well as providing more space for social distancing, to both the schools taking part and their wider communities.”
The schools taking part in the trial are: Southover C of E Primary School, Lewes; Harbour Primary and Nursery School, Newhaven; Langney Primary Academy, Eastbourne; All Saints C of E Primary School, Bexhill; and Ark Blacklands Primary Academy and All Saints C of E Junior Academy in Hastings.