- 7 February 2017
- From the section London
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Covent Garden says the school run is now saferA narrow road outside a central London school is being closed during rush hour to protect children from traffic and pollution.
Bollards are put up either side of Macklin Street in Camden from between 08:30-09:15 and 15:15-16:00.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School said the 800m (2,600ft) long road was too dangerous for the school children.
The school said it had made the combination of “small children and really narrow pavements” much safer.
Deputy head Nicola Scott-Phillips said there had been a “really positive reaction” from everyone to the pilot, which she hoped would become permanent.
The school, which has 300 pupils, said there had been about a 50% reduction in children arriving by car.
The road is about three metres (10ft) wide and is heavily used by lorries