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Traffic ban outside Gospel Oak Primary School

Motorists will be fined if they drive down the street between certain times

24 January, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

CAMERAS have been set up outside a primary school after a ban on through traffic came into force.

Gospel Oak Primary launched its “healthy school streets” scheme on Wednesday with the aim of cutting pollution in Savernake Road.

Drivers passing the school between 8.30am and 9.30am and 3pm and 4pm on weekdays will be caught by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and fined £65.

Residents and businesses who live and work nearby are free to use the road if they apply for an exemption from the council.

Headteacher John Hayes said: “The idea was based on ongoing concerns with road traffic and children crossing Savernake Road.

“We have had a positive reaction from parents and so far the scheme seems to be working.”

Gospel Oak Primary is the third school to introduce a traffic ban – after Acland Burghley Secondary School in Tufnell Park and St Joseph’s Primary in Holborn, the first to pilot the project.

Gospel Oak is in the top 50 schools when affected by air pollution, according to Mayor of London statistics.

Mr Hayes added: “It should have a small impact on reducing this. Next, we want to look at air pollution levels in the school boundaries and the best ways forward for additional planning. We want to see an increase in air filtration units in classrooms.”

Environment chief Councillor Adam Harrison said: “I hope many more schools across Camden take up the help we can offer at the council to put healthier streets in place.”

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