Work on a traffic-calming pilot scheme around a Renfrew school started this week.

Several measures are being put in place in a bid to put an end to long-running issues with congestion and irresponsible parking at school drop-off and pick-up times around Newmains Primary.

Renfrewshire Council has been putting ‘keep clear’ markings in place on the corners where Sandy Road meets Lang Avenue and Baron Street.

Meanwhile, Lang Avenue will be closed between Aisla Road and Arran Road throughout the pilot scheme – and this could become permanent if the test is successful.

Local access will be maintained for residents but drivers will not be able to use it as a through road.

The closure will enable parents and the school bus to park on Broadloan and have a safe walking route across Lang Avenue to access the school.

Councillor Jim Paterson, who represents Renfrew South, said he had raised concerns about congestion around the school numerous times and he hopes the move will make the area safer for families.

“This location is particularly difficult at school drop-off and pick-up times,” he added. “I, along with other councillors, have attended the school at these times and there is clearly an issue with the volume of cars and the way in which some people are parking.

“This pilot is the best option which has been presented by the environment department after we have raised the issue several times over the past three years.”

The work is expected to finish today, ready for the pilot scheme to begin when pupils return to school tomorrow.

It has not been confirmed how long the trial will last but guidelines say the council can keep temporary measures in place for a maximum of 18 months.

However, Councillor Paterson said he didn’t expect it to last “anywhere near” that length of time.