The county's highways chief has said he is "delighted" to introduce a new ban on cars outside schools in Oxfordshire.

Andrew Gant, cabinet member for transport, gave the nod of approval to five new School Streets for primary schools in Oxford and Didcot.

School Streets are intended to create a safer environment and reduce level of motor vehicle traffic around the school gate, encouraging walking, wheeling, cycling and scooting.

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Schools added into the initiative are St Mary and St John Church of England Primary School, Sandhills Community Primary School, Tyndale Community School, New Hinksey Church of England Primary School in the Oxford area and Manor Primary School in Didcot.

Oxford Mail: Andrew Gant.Andrew Gant. (Image: Oxfordshire County Council.)

Mr Gant said: "I am delighted to agree to the recommendations of approval."

Year Three children from Manor Primary School also spoke out at the meeting with their headteacher Jessica Robinson.

One said: "It isn't good to travel in cars because they pollute the air and that's why it's healthier to scoot, ride or walk to school."

The other added: "We think children shouldn't travel in cars because cars stink.

"When we are riding our bike to school we have to wait for the cars which is such a faff."

Oxford Mail: Manor Primary SchoolManor Primary School (Image: Google Maps)

Mr Gant said: "The single biggest concern among respondents is about parking and traffic displacement, as always."

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) has been implemented meaning the restrictions will last for 18 months from early April. 

A penalty charge notice may be issued if a vehicle enters the school street zone during operational times.