What are School Streets?

    A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. The restriction applies to school traffic and through traffic. The result is a safer, healthier and pleasant environment for everyone.

    A traffic management order is applied to a street around a school, temporarily restricting access to motorised vehicles. That street will in, effect, become a pedestrian and cycle only zone. Times for the restrictions are determined in agreement with the school. These can be for between 30-60 minutes and only on weekdays and term times.

    School Street schemes offer a proactive solution for school communities to tackle air pollution, poor health and road danger reduction. A School Street scheme will encourage a healthier lifestyle and active travel to school for families and lead to a better environment for everyone.

    Why are we introducing School Streets?

    It is a sad reality that up and down the country, roads around schools have become plagued with a surge of traffic concentrated over a 50-minute period at drop off and pick up times. This results in increased risks of collisions with vulnerable road users and other motorists, unlawful parking, traffic jams, road rage. People on foot and cycling are left with the feeling that roads are no place for them, this has long implications for everyone especially children.

    School Streets are part of a borough-wide collection of measures being introduced to tackle congestion, poor air quality and road safety concerns and, in the short term, support social distancing. 

    School Streets provide:

    • Space for social distancing
    • Improved road safety

    They will also help to increase physical activity (by increasing confidence to walk or cycle) and may improve air quality around the school.

    At what times will the restrictions apply?

    The proposed restrictions will vary from school to school but will be within the hours of 08:00 to 09:30 and 14:30 to 16:00. The restrictions prohibit vehicles from entering into the School Street. Exempt vehicles can drive in the road at all times. In practice, the restrictions are not enforced on weekends and outside the school terms.

    How will a School Street Scheme be enforced?

    Signs at the entrances to the streets will inform drivers of the restrictions. Non-registered vehicles entering the street during the times of operation may be identified by camera and issued a penalty charge notice.

    Who will be exempt from the restrictions?

    • People walking, scooting, using wheelchairs, mobility scooters and cycles (including adapted cycles) are not restricted.
    • All other motor vehicles are restricted during the operating times displayed on the signs, subject to the following exemptions:

    Though we encourage everyone to support the school street, where they are able, the following motorised vehicles are exempt:

    • Residents and businesses within the School Street zone
    • Blue badge holders (when their destination is within the School Street zone)
    • Emergency vehicles
    • Carers and healthcare workers serving properties within the School Street zone
    • Council waste trucks serving properties within the School Street zone
    • Postal service vehicles serving post boxes within the School Street zone
    • Statutory undertakers (such as water and gas companies) attending emergency works within the School Street zone
    • School buses and school transport serving the school within the School Street zone

    Can I park in the School Street during the operational hours?

    Vehicles parked within the School Street before the operational times will be able to remain parked for the duration of the operational hours. Vehicles can also drive out of the School Street at any time.

    I am a resident or business in the zone, how do I apply for an exemption?

    If this scheme is approved residents and residents who will be affected will be notified and given a suitable amount of time to apply, free of charge, for an exemption.

    I am a Blue Badge holder; can I apply for an exemption?

    Blue badge holders looking to gain access and park in the zone are exempt from the scheme, but you must still apply for an exemption. You are not exempt from using the street as a through route during the hours of restrictions.

    I am a cyclist; will I still be able to access the road during operation hours?

    Yes, the roads will be open to pedestrians and cyclists.

    I am a taxi driver; can I apply for an exemption?

    No, taxi drivers will not be able to access the road during the restricted times.

    What happens next?

    Should we agree to proceed with these proposals, residents will receive a letter to inform them about the start date for the scheme with details of how to register a vehicle or vehicles for exemption. Public notices advising of the changes will be displayed in the street.

    How will the 'manned barriers' operate?

    Once we have gathered your feedback and understand how supportive the schools and local residents are of these proposals, we will work with each individual school to develop the 'manned barrier' operation standards.