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

Initially the scheme will be trialled at Eastwood and Holycroft in Keighley, plus nine other primary schools in the Bradford district.

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.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “Many schools, families and local residents are understandably concerned by congestion, road safety and air pollution around schools at pick-up and drop-off times. By temporarily closing roads outside a school we believe we can create a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone’s benefit.”