MORE roads are set to close today during drop-off and pick-up times outside schools as part of a new scheme.

The School Streets scheme is a pilot scheme that aims for a car-free environment at a small number of schools across the county.

The first set of trials, which will last six weeks, began two weeks ago.

Today the second round of road closures outside schools will go ahead, as Tower Hill Primary School in Witney begins its trial.

The scheme means motor vehicles, other than buses, will be restricted outside of schools during term-time, applying to both schools and through traffic.

The trial is also taking place in three schools across Oxford, which began the trial on May 12.

These schools include:

  • Windmill Primary School on Margaret Road in Headington 
  • St Christopher's C of E Primary School on Purland Close, Cowley
  • East Oxford Primary School, on Union Street, Cowley 

On June 7 another two schools will begin their six-week trial period.

These include:

  • St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Abingdon
  • Larkrise Primary School in Oxford 

Roads will see orange and white cones, or barriers, placed along the road to stop cars from going through, with signs telling drivers not to park in the area.

Meanwhile, marshals will be available to allow residents access or to leave their property.

The restrictions will also apply to school staff.

The trials are being delivered by Oxfordshire County Council, in partnership with the national walking and cycling charity, Sustrans.

The pilot scheme follows engagement with local residents and the schools involved, and has been backed by financial support from the Government.