Funding is available to introduce measures that support physical distancing on the public roads at or near school entrances and at School Crossing Patrol locations. We have identified an initial 5 schools where we think that it might be possible to implement temporary school streets and have passed these locations to Sustrans for further investigation and design work. Please see our news article for more information.
We are continuing to work through a process of identifying more schools which might be suitable for specific temporary interventions and hope to provide more detail on this soon. At that point you will be able to comment on our proposals. In the meantime you can read here what interventions we are considering:Temporary Physical Distancing Signage – signs and carriageway markings reminding people to maintain appropriate physical distancing would be provided at regular intervals near the school entrance/ School Crossing Patrol location. We have already started to provide temporary physical distancing signs like the one below at and near entrances to schools. Look out for them in your local community and if there are locations where you think they are needed, please use our Kilmarnock Town centre or East Ayrshire communities interactive maps to let us know. Temporary School Street – (Temporary Part Time Road Closure) All traffic is prohibited from driving on a certain street or part of a certain street at school start and finish times. Exemption permits would be available for residents and blue badge holders would also be exempt. School streets have been implemented in a number of locations in the UK, including in Edinburgh . Temporary One Way system with Road Space Reallocation – Part of the street is dedicated to walking, cycling and wheeling (at all times). This means that vehicles would be restricted to travelling in one direction only (on the part of the street kept open). This vehicle lane would be deliberately quite narrow to ensure that speeds are kept low. Temporary Parking Restrictions – to make it easier for pedestrians to pass each other on the footway, parking would be restricted. This may be at all times, or at school start and finish times only.
Check back soon for more details and to have your say on our proposals.