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Rush-hour traffic is banned outside seven Islington primary schools

‘Safe streets’ initiative is launched following consultation with residents

29 March, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Jono Kenyon, Nadine Mellor, of Friends of Ambler, Juliet Benis, and chair of governors Vicky Smith with Felix, 8, Lyla, 6, Cormac, 7 and Theo, 10

Islington Council introduced a ban on traffic from roads in front of seven primary school gates during rush hours.

Ambler, Ashmount, Drayton Park, Yerbury, Duncombe, Rotherfield and St Mark’s C of E Primary are now operating under the council’s ‘School Streets Scheme’. Residents were consulted on the scheme last year.

Jono Kenyon, from Ambler Primary School’s environmental group Grow Ambler, helped campaign for School Streets.

He said: “It is a proven way of creating safe streets outside schools.

“We would like Islington to be more ambitious with this scheme and roll it out across the borough.”

Ambler Road will be closed between 8.30am and 9.15am and 3.15pm and 4pm in term time.

Residents and people who work on school streets will be given exemptions. Non-registered vehicles may be issued with a fine if caught on camera.

Vehicles with exemptions can access the road without receiving a £135 fine or £65 if paid in two weeks

Ambler Primary headteacher Juliet Benis said: “Children here have a route they can use to come to school without traffic being a problem. It is a way of having less pollution and safe streets.”

Councillor Claudia Webbe, transport and environment chief, said:

 “We’re delighted to launch seven more School Streets for primary schools in Islington, to help improve children’s health and boost road safety.

 “Our School Street Scheme aims to cut pollution outside all schools and make it safer and easier for children to travel to and from school.

 “Children are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of air pollution, which is a life or death issue for London. We’re determined to take action to improve air quality at the school gates, and we will take enforcement action against drivers who ignore this scheme to improve air quality and make roads near schools safer.

 “We will be launching more School Streets soon, as part of our ongoing pioneering work to improve air quality and road safety near Islington schools.”

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