PARENTS have the summer holidays to get on board with parking plans at a city primary school.

Lourdes Primary pupils have laid the groundwork for clamping down on "traffic chaos" outside the school.

Glasgow City Council backed them up by making Lourdes one of the primaries taking part in a car free zone trial.

As told by the Evening Times last year year, local councillors Elaine McSporran and Alex Wilson were working with the school on a "park and stride" scheme.

Morrisons supermarket in Cardonald allowed parents to use its car park so parents and pupils could take a short walk to the school.

But despite the best efforts of pupils - who ran a poster campaign and encouraged their parents to take part - the scheme was not a success.

It is believed some of the posters for park and stride were set on fire.


Lourdes Primary develops park and stride scheme

After the school holidays, however, the scheme will be relaunched.

Councillor Elaine McSporran said: “Having this Park and Stride scheme is a big step towards making a success of the Lourdes Primary car free zone.

“We all saw the pictures earlier in the year of the traffic chaos outside the school and nobody can say that’s a safe environment for young children.

“The introduction of a car free zone at the start of the new term will mean pupils can get in and out of school without fearing for their safety.

“But we do understand that for some parents the school run will still be done by car and so Park and Stride provides a solution for them.

“We’ve been working very closely with Morrisons Cardonald and we’re so grateful they’ve set aside parking spaces in their car park for the scheme.

“We’ve a new permanent sign in place to mark where to park and then it’s just a short walk to the school.

“The pupils I’ve spoken to are very excited about the introduction of the car free zone at Lourdes Primary.

“They are looking forward to walking through the school gates without fearing the traffic outside.

“A special thank you also goes to the school, parent council and our road safety team at Glasgow City Council for the hard work behind the scenes."


Car ban will include Lourdes Primary

A similar Park and Stride scheme is being worked on for Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, also within the Cardonald ward, and also included in the Car Free Zone trial.