A Southampton school has said it is pleased after new restrictions were brought in to limit the traffic that travels nearby during drop off and pick up times. 

Bassett Green Primary School has said children and their families will feel safer after Honeysuckle Road was designated a School Street. 

The move is part of the city council's Safer Routes to School programme and means that only authorised traffic is permitted to pass through the section between Lilac Road and Daisy Road during school drop-off and pick-up times.

The restrictions limit traffic to buses, cycles, and other authorised vehicles including residents who live within the restricted area.

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The scheme will be in place from 8am to 9.30am and 2.15pm to 3.45pm, Monday to Friday.

Headteacher, Charlotte Stillwell said: “We are so pleased that the road closure is now in place during school drop off and collection times.

“The safety of our Bassett Green community is paramount, and the closure will support children and their families to feel safer during their journey to school.”

The restrictions have been funded by Active Travel England (ATE) and are aimed at making it safer for children and residents crossing the road.

It is expected to reduce the amount of traffic during busy times.

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So far the programme has seen Springhill Catholic Primary School benefit from a new zebra crossing on Milton Road.

Plans are also underway for schemes to improve safety around Glenfield Infants & Beechwood Juniors, Hightown Primary and Freemantle C of E Academy over the coming months.

A city council spokesperson said: “Our Safer Routes to School programme allows us to create a safer environment for people walking, wheeling or cycling, and for local residents.

“Each of the Safer Routes to School schemes is tailored to meet the needs of the local area.

“We are seeking further funding to benefit more schools in Southampton.”