We are going to pilot the school streets scheme outside a number of our schools in the 2019–20 school year, starting with selected schools in the first healthy neighbourhood areas. The aim of the scheme is to:
School streets will come into effect at different times for each school. Each road will be clearly signposted with the closure times clearly displayed. Typical closure times are 8–9.15am and 3–4pm during school term. The closures will not be in operation during the weekend, school holidays or bank holidays. In addition, the school street will not operate on teacher training days, or any other day that children are not in school.
We’re currently looking into the feasibility of using physical barriers or CCTV for each of the pilot school streets depending on local circumstances.
If we use physical barriers, the school would be responsible for opening and closing the collapsible bollards at the times displayed. Banners and lamppost signs will also highlight the street has been adopted as a school street. If we use CCTV, it would be set up and operated by us.
If your vehicle is already parked in the street before the times of operation, you will not be able to move it until the road has reopened, unless you have an exemption.
If a school street has a physical barrier in place at the time of operation, drivers may need to collect a key from the school office to enter or leave the area in an emergency. In some cases, some residents with accessibility needs may be given a key. Emergency vehicles will have a standard key.
During the pilot phase of the programme, we will prioritise schools that meet the following criteria for selection.
We will select schools using a prioritisation process that will consider at a range of factors, such as:
We will assess the pilot school streets using:
If the pilot school streets are successful, we will make them permanent by introducing a permanent traffic management order. We will also aim to make the scheme available to schools in other parts of the borough outside the healthy neighbourhood areas from 2020.
In addition to the criteria listed above, we would prefer to work with schools who are enthusiastic and engaged in the school travel planning process. These schools will be better placed to complement the closures with other supporting initiatives to help encourage more walking and cycling to school. Those who have shown active participation in the school play street programme will be more likely to be selected.
Unfortunately, schools with entrances on A-roads or B-roads (for example the A205 or B218) are unsuitable for closure as a school street. However, these schools can still take part in the school travel planning programme and other initiatives.
If your school is interested in finding out more about the school streets programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org