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Published: Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Children from Halstow Road Primary School are benefiting from the scheme.

The school is close to the Blackwall Tunnel and Halstow Road had become a regular 'rat run' for lorries and large vehicles. The road is on a steep hill increasing the potential for an incident.

The road narrowing scheme was introduced in the autumn and the school has already noticed a major improvement.

'Improving road safety is one of our key concerns'

Councillor Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy and Smart Cities, Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "Improving road safety is one of our key concerns, especially for children in the borough. Ensuring these large vehicles aren't using narrow, steep back roads as 'rat runs' is crucial, particularly when the routes run close to our schools."

'A big decrease in the number of lorries'

Tom Gray, head teacher at the primary, said: "We were really concerned about the levels of heavy traffic rumbling past our gates. It was an accident waiting to happen. Since the scheme was introduced we have noticed a big decrease in the number of lorries and air quality has already improved."