School Streets Scheme

A School Street is where a road with a school temporarily closes to become a pedestrian and cycle zone-only during the school's opening and closing times to enhance the safety of school children.

Signs will inform drivers of the restrictions before the entrance to the School Street. At some closures, advance warning signs will be installed where needed.

Why do we want to create School Streets?

We have been working with schools in the borough to promote active travel for a number of years, however many schools and parents are still concerned by road safety and air pollution around schools.

We receive many requests for general traffic management and safety improvements that are demonstrated to not be justified, given finite resources, in terms of accidents, speeds and traffic flows.

However, a more moderate approach is taken near schools recognising the particular concerns there are towards children's safety, active travel and exposure to pollution. It is hoped that some of these concerns will be addressed by reducing the number of vehicles at school start and finish times.

By temporarily closing roads outside the school, we hope to create a safer, more pleasant environment around the school. We aim to reduce congestion and pollution levels as well. The schemes are being proposed under an experimental traffic order to be able to monitor any impacts before considering making the schemes permanent.

School Street pilots and consultations

We are proposing to consult on an initial five School Street Schemes, which could be piloted this academic year.

The consultations for the following schemes will begin on Friday 10 January and end on Friday 7 February 2020:

  1. Alderbrook Primary School
  2. Earlsfield Primary School
  3. Furzedown Primary School
  4. Hillbrook Primary School
  5. Penwortham Primary School

Consultation drop-in events are scheduled as follows:

  • Alderbrook Primary School - Wednesday 5 February, 6 to 7.30pm
  • Earlsfield Primary School - Wednesday 22 January, 6.30 to 8pm
  • Furzedown Primary School - Wednesday 29 January, 5 to 6.30pm
  • Hillbrook Primary School - Thursday 23 January, 5.30 to 7pm
  • Penwortham Primary School - Tuesday 14 January, 5 to 6pm (parents and carers) and 6 to 7pm (residents)

As well as the above drop-in events, leaflets will be dropped to local residents as well as activities taking place in and around the school to promote the consultation.

The schemes were approved to be trialled at committee (paper no.19-158). The impacts of these will be reported before being made permanent.

Restrictions on School Streets

Details of any individual scheme will be advertised and presented to the school, parents and local residents and we will provide the opportunity to respond via a consultation. It is anticipated that vehicles will not be able to enter the streets between the times of operation unless they have been given an exemption.

Residents and businesses who live and work on a School Street will be able to register for an exemption, as well as Blue Badge holders. The scheme will not operate in the school holidays or at weekends. Full details on this will be included in the consultation.

Enforcement

Non-registered vehicles entering the street during the times of operation will be identified by camera and issued a penalty charge notice. There may be a physical barrier such as a bollard preventing access, and details of each scheme are to be advised via a consultation. Any vehicles already parked in a zone will be able to exit without a penalty.

Displaced traffic

It is understood that there may be some displaced traffic, so the scheme is being trialled over 12 months to fully understand its impact. This also allows the opportunity for people to adapt and change their travel behaviour.

For more information, contact transportation@wandsworth.gov.uk.