Council supports return to school through Streetspace School programme
Working with schools, teachers and council staff, Haringey Council is supporting children and young people to return to school safely in September through the Streetspace School Programme.
As the borough’s children and young people return to school in September, the guidance to continue to social distance remains in place, and the advice for parents/carers, children and young people is to walk or cycle where possible, only drive if essential, and avoid public transport.
Supporting active travel in Haringey has been a key priority as part of the council’s response to the pandemic, ensuring that residents travelling in the borough can do so safely and in line with social distancing guidelines.
Transport for London (TfL) has supported Haringey, to provide additional Streetspace for Schools across the borough, using funding that the council has successfully bid for.
These measures aim to make it safer and easier for people to maintain social distancing through active travel, while reducing air pollution to improve everyone’s health.
The council is working closely with schools in the borough to ensure that measures to enable social distancing are in place in September through a set of temporary measures – some of which may become permanent following consultation with residents and local businesses.
This work includes the use of banners and barriers along the carriageway to widen pavements outside some schools, allowing teachers, adults and pupils to arrive at school safely.
These barriers will be installed ready for school terms to commence at the beginning of September 2020 and checked daily for safety.
Walking maps will also be shared around all schools, showing safe travel routes, and a number of walking initiatives encouraging a walking commute to school will launch.
Competitions to promote cycling, cycling schemes and active travel training will also be introduced as part of the programme – to encourage a strong and long-term take up of active travel.
The programme will run alongside TfL’s London-wide plans, which includes additional buses and dedicated school services, and will see an additional 230 extra dedicated buses being made available on some of the busiest low-frequency bus routes, from the 1st September.
More than 220 high-frequency routes that serve schools will have designated “School Services” before and after school’ and some existing regular buses will be designated as School Services, which would be prioritised for school travel. TfL is also urging children to walk, cycle and scoot to school where it is safe to do so.
In Haringey, additional school buses will run across at least 24 high frequency bus routes between 07:30-09:30 and 14:30-16:30, until at least the end of October – this includes the W3 route, a main route for secondary school students in the borough – an additional 7 routes will also see more buses added.
Cllr Hearn, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability at Haringey Council, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome our children and young people back to school and are pleased that we can provide them with safe commuting options to do so, through our Streetspace School Programme.
“It’s important to work with teachers, parents, carers, staff and children to risk-assess schools to support a safe learning environment. This programme will enable all to travel to and from school safely with the help of emergency measures such as pavement widening, walking maps and cycling schemes. This will allow for adequate social distancing and promote active travel.”
Keep up to date with the latest plans on our website: www.Haringey.gov.uk/school-journeys
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