Motorists could be fined up to £70 for entering ‘School Streets’ zone in Hillmorton - The Rugby Observer

Motorists could be fined up to £70 for entering ‘School Streets’ zone in Hillmorton

MOTORISTS could be fined up to £70 for driving into an exclusion zone around a Rugby primary school as of this week.

A trial of Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) School Streets scheme has begun at Eastlands Primary School in Hillmorton.

Lansdowne Place, the road leading to the school, is now closed to all non-residential traffic on term-time weekdays from 8.15-9.15am and 2.30-3.30pm.

The traffic regulation order can be enforced by police – with motorists who break the rules fined up to £70.

The School Street zone, the first to be implemented in Warwickshire, aims to reduce congestion and the risk of collisions, improve traffic flow, make it safer for children to cross the road, allow residents to drive in and out of their street more easily, encourage families to walk, scoot or cycle to school, and improve air quality near the school.

Mrs Suki Edwards, Head Teacher at Eastlands Primary School, said: “I am so pleased that Eastlands has been chosen for this project. Over the years we have worked hard with our community to raise awareness of considerate and safe parking, reducing pollution around school gates and encouraging healthy lifestyles by walking, scooting or cycling to school.

“I am sure this project will support our hard work and lead to a further change in the behaviour of drivers and by doing so, make the journey to school even safer and healthier each morning.”

Coun Jan Matecki, WCC’s Transport and Planning spokesman, said the scheme would improve rush hour congestion, decrease traffic collisions, and improve air quality around schools.

He added: “We will be watching the results of this pilot scheme very closely and I would like to thank Mrs Edwards at Eastlands Primary for agreeing to take part in Warwickshire’s very first School Streets Scheme.”

Traffic signs at the entrance to the School Street zone in place to inform drivers of the restrictions.

School Streets have been implemented widely across the UK and have proved successful at making school journeys safer and improving air quality.

Visit for more information on the scheme.

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