A new trial project is under way that is intended to make the school run safer, healthier and happier for children, families and the wider community.

Wirral Council is working with three schools to trial the ‘School Street’ scheme, under which a stretch of road outside a school is temporarily closed to traffic during drop-off and pick-up times.


While some vehicles are exempt, School Streets reduce the build-up of traffic outside the school gates and create a predominantly car-free zone to improve safety and air quality and encourage walking, scooting and cycling.

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The trial was launched at Greenleas Primary School in Wallasey in November, with Christchurch Primary School (Birkenhead) and Liscard Primary School (Liscard) to follow in the new year.

Residents and families will be invited to share their views about the School Street scheme, and this feedback will help the council decide if it is working for the school and local community.

Cllr Liz Grey from Wirral Council said: “This project will help to address safety concerns, create a calmer environment where people can feel confident cycling and walking, and improve air quality by reducing congestion around school gates.

“Many families have already made changes to the way they travel, including on the journey to school, and this project will enable even more people to adopt healthier and more active ways of travelling.”

If you are an instructor who would like to join and support the engage driving scheme you can find out more here