Making streets safer for children

As part of our work to encourage active and sustainable travel to school, a trial of four School Streets within the borough will become permanent.

The four School Streets are:

We reviewed feedback we received during the trial and a decision was made in November 2019 to make these School Streets permanent. We are now in the process of making the legally binding Traffic Orders.

Benefits of School Streets

A School Street is closed to motor vehicles at drop-off and pick-up times which makes the road safer and less polluted for children and parents walking, cycling and scooting to school.

This is an important part of cleaning up the Royal Borough's air, particularly where it affects children. Not using a car to take or collect children from school will:

  • encourage more exercise, which will help reduce child obesity
  • reduce congestion around schools at peak times
  • reduce road traffic collisions

How School Streets work

School Streets become pedestrian and cycle-only zones during term time at:

  • 8am to 9.30am
  • 3pm to 4pm

During these times the road, or section of the road, is closed to motor vehicles by collapsible bollards operated by the school. 

School staff are available to allow access for emergency vehicles and blue badge holders. Residents who live on a School Street are encouraged to avoid coming and going during the closures but should contact the school for access in emergencies.

Future School Streets

A suitable road for a School Street has a low to medium volume of traffic, has no bus routes and does not disproportionately restrict access for local residents.

New School Streets are controlled by experimental Traffic Regulation Orders which allow us to trial the scheme, to see how well it works. This gives local residents, parents and pupils the chance to help us improve the way they work.

After six months we ask parents, local residents and other interested stakeholders to complete a short online survey to tell us how they think the School Street is working. The responses are then analysed and inform our decision on whether to keep the School Street, either as it is or in a modified form.

We want to create more School Streets and are working with schools to consider potential new sites. We will update this page as proposals develop.

Schools that are interested in having a School Street should contact us at schoolstreets@royalgreenwich.gov.uk