A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. The restriction applies to school traffic and through traffic. The result is a safer, healthier and pleasant environment for everyone.
School Street schemes offer a proactive solution for school communities to tackle air pollution, poor health and road danger reduction. A School Street scheme will encourage a healthier lifestyle and active travel to school for families and lead to a better environment for everyone.
School Streets Schemes
Following on from a successful one day trial street closure at New Elgin last year, the council has introduced a pilot School Streets scheme at two primary schools in Moray from Tuesday 5th January 2021 for an initial period of 9 months, after which the scheme will be evaluated. The project is being paid for through Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets grant funding.
New Elgin and Seafield Primaries have been experiencing ongoing road safety concerns raised by residents, parents and the schools caused by drivers bringing their vehicles too close to the school gate at school drop off and pick up times. Our School Street schemes aim to reduce the number of moving vehicles in the vicinity of a school in order to tackle air pollution, reduce road safety risks and encourage active travel and its associated health & environment benefits.
The trial is being supported by Police Scotland, which has the authority to enforce fines for non-compliance with the closures in place. Residents can apply for a free permit and will be allowed to enter and leave during the restricted times as normal.
The following additional exemptions will apply:
- Blue badge holders
- School Staff/Teachers
- Emergency services
- Children receiving ASN services
- Council vehicles (waste collection and roads maintenance)
- Carers/District nurses
- Delivery companies
Experimental Traffic Regulation Order
Street Closures and Times
New Elgin Primary
Monday to Friday 8.30am – 9am & 2.30pm – 3pm. School days and term time only.
- Bezack Street (from School Brae to the junction at Anderson Drive)
- School Brae
- Pond Park Place
Monday to Friday 8.40am – 9.10am & 2.40pm – 3.10pm. School days and term time only.
- Deanshaugh Terrace (from the junction at Munro place to the beginning of the carpark outside the school)