Parents' & neighbours' fury at traffic jam 'hell' during morning school run – amid fears kids will be hit by cars

MUMS and dads fear children will be hit by a car during traffic jam 'hell' on the morning school run. 

Parents say kids going to primary school and nursery in part of Nottingham are at risk as numerous cars cram into a narrow street. 


Some blame careless motorists who 'forget' there are children going in and out of school while others say mums and dads should walk or cycle to collect their kids.

St Augustine’s Catholic school in Nottingham shared their concerns for pupils' safety and are in talks with City Council chiefs.

Local Par Kumaraswami, 57, said: "I'm always concerned about the safety of the kids when they go to school and we've got a nursery nearby as well." 

Another resident added: "The traffic is really bad because people are in a rush to get to school. 

"It must be hell for residents. A child will get hit one day. I hope it rectifies itself but I'm not sure it will. 

"The school is doing all it can but it's really bad."

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The traffic chaos saw Nottingham City Council install road planters in an attempt to manage congestion. 

Bosses have also begun closing the roads outside school gates to make it safer for parents and children – and encourage them to walk or cycle. 

But councillors say many mums and dads have ignored the scheme.  

Residents are also calling for parking permits.

Councillor Rosemary Healy, who represents transport at the city council, said: “Last year the city council was awarded £2.5 million from the Government’s Active Travel Fund for measures designed to encourage walking and cycling. 

“Using a share of this funding we introduced car-free School Streets, closing the roads immediately outside school gates to create safer spaces for parents, carers and children to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

“Children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution from exhaust fumes, so cleaner air outside schools is an added benefit.

“Unfortunately we know that some people are ignoring the restrictions, and we can’t be outside the school every day to enforce them, but the problems in Park Avenue show the issues caused by the increase in traffic around school drop off and pick up times, causing congestion, idling vehicles and pavement parking. 

“The school has carried out a lot of initiatives to encourage children and parents to walk or cycle to school, and we’ll continue to support them.”

Miserable locals say more should be done to tackle congestion.

'MORE COULD BE DONE'

Andrew Lennox, 61, said: "There's more things that could be done but this is a start. "Maybe they should also bring in a parking permit scheme as well. 

"It's not really anyone's fault. It's just the way these roads are designed.

"Carol Mombeyarara, added: "People need to control themselves. They seem to forget there are kids around. "I've seen people shout abuse at each other. 

"I feel sorry for the headteacher – she has no control over it." 

St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School insisted it was doing all it could to maintain pupils' safety.

A spokesman said:

 "St Augustine’s school is situated in a built-up residential area of the city where the surrounding streets are narrow. 
"Parking when pupils are dropped-off and picked-up is a concern for the school. 

"We are working with the Local Authority, residents and parents to ensure that the health and safety of our pupils remains our key priority at all times." 

Nottingham City Council were approached for comment.

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