A road in Reading is set to temporarily close on weekdays to improve safety for families walking to three schools.

Exbourne Road in Whitley serves three schools: Geoffrey Field Junior School, Geoffrey Field Infant School and Christ the King Roman Catholic Primary School.

Between them, 950+ children attend the schools.

Now the schools, families and Reading Borough Council want to make Exbourne Road into a School Street.

This would close Exbourne Road to traffic temporarily between 8.20am and 9.05am for morning drop-off and 2.50pm to 3.30pm for afternoon pick-up on weekdays and during term time only.

The School Street would be staffed by volunteers who would implement the closures and steward parents, guardians and children to and from school.

The Exbourne Road School Street is set to be created at a meeting of Reading Borough Council’s traffic management sub-committee on Thursday, June 13.

The committee is also being asked to allow the Civitas School Street scheme in Great Knollys Street to begin at 2.50pm in the afternoon ahead of its expected implementation on Monday, June 24.