Just 40 schools in England (0.4% of primary schools and 0.1% of secondary schools) have set up ‘school streets’ that bans cars during pick-up and drop-off times, according to research. Air Quality News reports.
The School Streets model originated in London and currently, streets in Islington, Birmingham, Hackney, Greenwich, Camden, Croydon, Bristol and Lambeth are all trialling the initiative to improve air quality for pupils.
UK100, who represent city leaders across the country, sent FOI requests to 132 England councils asking them if any schools in their region implementing the policy.
However, 80% of councils who responded to the UK100 request cited financial issues as ‘a challenge’ when tackling air pollution around schools.
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