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Making streets safer for children

As part of our work to encourage safe, active and sustainable travel to school, we work with schools to create School Streets. A School Street is closed to motor vehicles at drop-off and pick-up times. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency School Street closures

The need to maintain social distancing for the foreseeable future and the reduced capacity of public transport will have a profound influence on how we travel as lockdown restrictions are eased. We are planning to accommodate a significant increase in cycling and walking.  

As well as working on major improvements to town centres and other key locations, we need to ensure pupils have space to walk, cycle and social distance safely as they return to school. To help us do this we are rapidly expanding our School Streets programme.

We are working with these schools to create new emergency School Street closures:

School Roads involved Start date
Charlton Manor Primary Indus Road and Nigeria Road Monday 15 June
Invicta Primary Invicta Road and Siebert Road Monday 6 July
Wyborne Primary Ivor Grove, between the junctions with Footscray Road and Castleford Avenue To be agreed with the school following their phased reopening

We are working to put these emergency measures in place as quickly as possible, in a fast-changing situation, so our plans will continue to evolve. We will provide updates on the latest situation and any changes on this page.

Permanent School Streets

There are four permanent School Streets at:

We reviewed feedback we received during the trial of these School Streets and a decision was made in November 2019 to make these School Streets permanent.

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.

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.

Future School Streets

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

A suitable road for a School Street:

  • has a low to medium volume of traffic
  • has no bus routes
  • does not disproportionately restrict access for local residents

It is also important that the school, its staff and parents are supportive of the creation of a School Street, and compliment this support with a willingness to reduce car use in favour of walking, cycling, scooting and using public transport.

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