New Traffic Flow System and Parking Arrangements
We have listened carefully to repeated concerns raised by parents about the issues around traffic flow and the parking situation in the main car park. We have been closely monitoring the situation to try to find solutions which benefit everyone. We have focused on three main areas to improve the situation- Drop off zones, traffic flow and parking. We hope that everyone can work together as a community to follow the new systems and help improve the situation in the car park.
Drop off zones
To help ease the pressure on the car park, we will be introducing three new secure student drop off zones, as well as expanding and making better use of the current drop off zone (see map below). We have two drop off zones ready to use straight away (zones 1 & 2) with the other two zones estimated to be online before half term.
The original drop off zone, which provides a safe, covered space to drop off children will soon be extended to create a longer drop off zone. This will start at the covered area in front of the canteen around to the walled area beyond the main entrance gate. A new drop off zone between gates 1 & 2 will provide a safe option for those with older primary aged children; this will help with the congestion as there is no need for cars using this drop-off to enter the main car-park. This zone, served by the freshly painted zebra crossings, will be manned by security guards/estates staff who will help students make their way safely to the school gate. We will soon be adding two more options for drop off, which should make your morning even smoother. For all drop off zones, we ask families to stick to the 15-second drop off time rule that will be applied in these areas, to help keep traffic flowing.
*Drop off zones one and two are open for use now. We will update you when zones 3 & 4 are ready to use.
One of the main contributors to congestion in the car park is cars circling around. Having observed the situation closely, we have found that this is mainly cars driven by drivers waiting for their employers to collect their children and return to the vehicle. This creates a block which can result in the flow being completely stopped. To prevent this, from Monday 30th September, we will no longer be allowing cars to circle around the car park. Cars driven by drivers should exit the car park and should move to either Suk 71 (Pridi 24) or Max Valu where they can wait until signalled to return by their employer or until their employer goes to meet them by either walking to Suk 71 or by taking the shuttle bus to Max Valu.
We have also observed that some people are parking all day- either leaving their car in school while they go about their business or having their drivers wait all day with the vehicle. As of Monday 30th September, cars driven by a driver will no longer be allowed to park in the car park. They should use either Suk 71 or Max Valu.
New Parking Sticker
Everyone who uses the car park, whether for parking or pick up/drop off, needs to get a new parking sticker from the school office. To get one, you first need to add your car registration details on Moodle (up to 3 cars) by clicking on this link.