TRAFFIC is to be banned from some streets when children are going to and from school.

Initially the scheme will be trialled at ten primary schools in the Bradford district – two in each of the parliamentary constituencies, including Keighley and Shipley.

But if successful, the initiative could be extended to more.

Under the scheme, motorists will be prohibited from using roads around schools during drop-off and pick-up times.

Access arrangements will be in place for residents and businesses.

And some other vehicles, such as the emergency services and drivers with mobility issues, will be exempt from the restrictions.

The aim of the venture is to improve road safety around schools, reduce air pollution and promote healthy travel for pupils.

It is hoped parents will be encouraged to leave the car at home and walk or cycle with their children.

Those who have to use the car will be asked to park some distance from the school gates and walk the rest of the way.

Bradford Council has identified the as-yet-unnamed schools where it wishes to carry out the trials and is currently consulting with them and ward councillors before progressing through the legal and implementation phases.

The so-called School Streets project has been developed in partnership with the council’s highways and public health teams and Active Travel partner organisations.

It builds on the council’s 'no idling' campaign, launched in January, which asks drivers to switch-off their engines when waiting to collect children from school.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, the council's portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “The roads around schools can often be congested and chaotic at drop-off and pick-up times.

“We believe School Streets can help alleviate much of that and make the area around schools safer and a nicer environment for children, parents, school staff and local residents and businesses. By encouraging families to walk or cycle to school, the scheme also promotes healthier and more active lifestyles.

“We look forward to working with the schools which sign-up for the pilot scheme and seeing the impact of the changes – and learning how other schools across the district can benefit in the future.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, portfolio holder for healthy people and places, said: “School Streets can play a valuable role in improving the health of our communities by encouraging families to be more active and helping to improve air quality. We know that children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful health effects of air pollution so it is important we tackle the issue around our schools.

“The School Streets project reflects Bradford Council’s ambition to support all our residents to have better health and better lives.”

The trials could start later this term.