Making streets safer for children

As part of our work to encourage active and sustainable travel to school, we're promoting a trial School Streets scheme for six months, to remove motor vehicles from outside school gates at peak times.

Roads outside the following four schools will be closed to motor vehicles:

  • De Lucy School - the whole of Cookhill Road from Tuesday 30 October 2018
  • Gordon School - Grangehill Road between Earlshall Road and Craigton Road from Tuesday 30 October 2018
  • Haimo School - Haimo Road between Froissart Road and South Circular (A205) Slip Road from Tuesday 30 October 2018
  • St Joseph's School - Commerell Street until Pelton Road from 28 November 2018

They will become pedestrian and cycle only zones during term time at:

  • 8am to 9.30am
  • 3pm to 4pm.

How it will work

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

The trial will be conducted using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order. This allows us to trial the scheme to see how it works and gives local residents, parents and pupils six months to feed back. It is our long-term ambition to make these closures longer than the initial six months.

Engaging in sustainable transport

The idea behind this scheme is to encourage parents/carers and the school community to engage in more sustainable ways to travel and discourage car use near the school. This is an important part of cleaning up the Royal Borough's air, particularly where it affects vulnerable children.

This will encourage more exercise, which will contribute to helping reduce child obesity and will also reduce the amount of pollution around the schools taking part.

We hope that this will not only encourage more exercise, contributing to the Council's objective to reducing child obesity, it will also reduce the amount of pollution around the schools taking part. In addition, these closures will reduce congestion at school peak times in the area and reduce the potential for road traffic collisions.

Feedback

We welcome any feedback you have to help us amend and improve the scheme. Send your comments to school-travel-plan@royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

  • The School Streets trial will be conducted using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order. This allows us to conduct a consultation during the six month trial period. This will give residents, parents and pupils six months to give their feedback on the scheme.

    Feedback can be sent to school-travel-plan@royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

  • The ambition to make the closures permanent refers to continuing to make these roads pedestrian and cycle only during peak school time closures. This would obviously be influenced by responses to the consultation.

  • The Council is supporting the schools in their work to encourage more walking, scooting and cycling to school.

    The School Streets programme was introduced to discourage people from driving their children to school and to avoid the area where pollution and safety are currently issues for school children.

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  • Emergency vehicles have means to access the roads as required. Anyone who requires emergency access can liaise with the members of staff from the respective school who will be present during the times the roads are closed to motor vehicles.

  • Blue Badge holders should contact the school to discuss accessibility arrangements in advance.

  • Comments and views of residents will be collected during the six months consultation period and analysed.

    If the consultation responses grants exploring the possibility of making the School Street zone wider proposals might be put forward to residents to support this.

  • As part of the ongoing commitment by the Council to improve air quality around schools, the scheme was offered to schools in areas where the Council felt that air quality needed to be improved.

    These schools also took part in Car Free Day 2017 and have a history of working with the Council to improve safety and air quality in the surrounding streets.