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Road closure outside school to be made permanent

12 July 2022

A temporary scheme to prevent vehicles from accessing roads outside a school during drop off periods in Cambridge has been made permanent.

The School Street Scheme in Vinery Road and Vinery Way was implemented during the pandemic to support pupils and staff attending St Philip's Primary School.

And following a consultation which showed an overwhelming majority of respondents were in favour of the scheme, it has now been made permanent.

Under the proposals which were considered by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee, motor vehicles are prohibited from entering Vinery Road and Vinery Way between 8.30am and 9.30am and 2.45pm and 3.45pm, Monday to Friday, during term time only.

Exemptions will be provided for residents living within the zone, Blue Badge holders, taxis and for deliveries.

The application to make the scheme permanent was made by the school with the support of its volunteers.

Cllr Alex Beckett, Chair of the Highways and Transport Committee, said: “School Street Schemes introduced during the pandemic have been shown to have huge benefits with regards to safety and air quality, so it is no surprise that we have received much interest in making these schemes permanent.

“Having a four year old and being a regular on the school run, it’s been clear to me how important it is that we encourage people to prioritise walking and cycling and to reduce reliance on cars where possible.”

This item was discussed at the Highways and Transport Committee today (Tuesday, 12 July) and the papers for the committee can be viewed on the council's website.

The meeting was streamed on the council’s YouTube page and can be watched back at: (9) Cambridgeshire County Council - YouTube