West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2021-09-02
End date: 2022-09-30
Results: 2022-11-30

School Streets Schemes - the Calcot Schools

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Background

The Department of Transport have given us some funding to provide Active Travel schemes to encourage more cycling, walking and scooting. This means that we've been able to set up a School Streets scheme. This is a community-based approach, which aims to:

  • Cut down on traffic and parking pressures outside schools.
  • Discourage car journeys to school and encourage walking and cycling.
  • Make the streets outside schools safer at the start and end of the day.
  • Improve air quality and create a more pleasant environment for everyone.

The schemes put children and families first, to keep them safe and healthy by encouraging walking, scooting and cycling. They also limit the impact vehicle movement may have on the desires of a school community to embrace active travel at the start and finish of a school day, as well as the impact extra vehicles may have on local residents living close to our schools.

We first consulted with you from 22 February to 23 April 2021 about options for a Schools Street scheme at Calcot Schools, which included options for restricted only access points at Royal Avenue and Curtis Road, and restricted access only times. 

Following on from this initial consultation, we've listened to your feedback and have designed a scheme, which will be introduced at the start of the new school year on Thursday, 2 September 2021.  This is our first one, and will set the basis of our other schools in our district, should the scheme have a positive impact, and is found to encourage more active travel choices


Why we want your views

Before the project is considered for permanent implementation, we'd like to know how you think it's working, whether you agree with the measures put in place, and whether it has changed the way you travel to and from the Calcot schools.


How to take part

If you'd like to tell us your experience of the School Streets scheme at the Calcot Schools, please complete our survey by 5pm Friday, 30 September 2022.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact activetravel@westberks.gov.uk


What happens next

Once the pilot scheme has been in place for six to nine months it will be reviewed, and if appropriate, changed according to the feedback you provide.

Your feedback will be considered and a report presented to the Transport Advisory Group, who will make a decision in spring 2022 as to whether the scheme is permanently implemented or not.

We'll publish what's happening on the Commonplace News Page, so please remember to register your interest to ensure you receive regular updates.