School streets

School streets is our pioneering scheme to transform roads outside schools, so that only pedestrians and cyclists can use them at school start and finish times.

The streets tackle congestion and improve air quality at the school gates, making it easier and safer to walk and cycle to school.

They create a more pleasant environment for everyone, while making sure residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists can still use the road.

How it works

The streets around a school temporarily become pedestrian and cycles only at set times in the morning and afternoon. Vehicles are not permitted to enter the street between these times unless they have been granted an exemption.

You can register for an exemption if you're a resident living or working in a school street zone, a business in a school street zone, or a blue badge holder.

Signs inform drivers of the restrictions before the entrance to the closed street. Non-registered vehicles entering the street during the times of operation will be identified by camera and issued a fixed penalty notice. 

Pilot schools

We've piloted school street zones around 5 primary schools, with one made permanent so far:

School streets 2-5 (SS2-5) are currently being evaluated. The reports will be published here.

Which streets are affected?

  • view a map of the school street locations [pdf, 11.25MB]
  • St John the Baptist School - Crondall Street (from junction with Pitfield St) and Crondall Court
  • Gayhurst Community School - London Fields West Side and Gayhurst Road (from junctions with London Fields West Side and Appleby Road)
  • Millfields Community School - Hilsea Street, Elmcroft St and Rushmore Road (between junctions with Hilsea St and Mayola Rd)
  • Tyssen Community School - Oldhill Street at junction with Feldman Close
  • London Fields Primary School - Westgate Street between Sheep Lane and Broadway Market
  • Audrey Street from its junction with Goldsmith's Row, Nicholl Street and Dove Row from the junctions with Whiston Road and Moyle Close
  • Detmold Road from the junction with Mount Pleasant Hill

What times are the restrictions in force?

8.30-9.15am and 3.15-4pm during school term time. They won't be in force during school holidays or at weekends.

The school street on Audrey Street and Dove Row will operate between 8:30-9:15am 3:15-4:30pm in the afternoon.

How will it be enforced?

We'll put up signs at the entrances to the streets to inform drivers of the restrictions. If you enter the street during the operating times in a vehicle you haven't registered for an exemption, your vehicle will be identified by camera and you'll be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

What if I'm already parked inside the school street zone when it comes into operation?

All vehicles already parked in the street before the times of operation will be able to leave without incurring a fixed penalty notice. 

I'm a resident living inside the school street zone or I work for a business in the school street zone, what do I need to do?

It depends if you have a Hackney resident's parking permit for your vehicle:

Option 1

For residents / businesses within the school streets zones (shown on the maps on this page) and who have a Hackney resident's parking permit for the vehicle.

You'll automatically have your vehicle's registration added to our list of exempted vehicles, so you don't need to apply for an exemption. If you change your vehicle, it's your responsibility to tell us and register a new number plate for the exemption.

Apply for an exemption

Option 2

For residents / businesses within the school streets zones (shown on the maps on this page) who don't have a Hackney resident's parking permit for the vehicle.

You don't need a resident's parking permit if you park your vehicle off the road in a driveway or if your vehicle is a motorbike. For these vehicles, you'll be able to apply, free of charge, for an exemption for your vehicle or vehicles registered to your address. This will allow you to drive that vehicle in the School Street zone when it's closed to other traffic.

Apply for an exemption

I'm a blue badge holder, can I apply for an exemption?

Yes - as a blue badge holder, you are exempt if you need to get to a property within a school street zone, but you must apply for an exemption.  

Please note that there are no exemptions for the London Fields Primary School Street on Westgate Street, including blue badge holders.

Apply for an exemption

I'm a parent/carer, can I apply for an exemption?

No - parents or carers dropping children at school will not be eligible for an exemption. You can only be granted an exemption if you or your child are a blue badge holder.

Vehicles that are not permitted in the school street zone

Vehicles driven by the following are not permitted to enter the school street during operating times:

  • trades people
  • contractors

Vehicles driven by the following will not be permitted to enter the school streets zones 1-5 during operating times. If you do enter, you will be issued with a fixed penalty notice:

  • drivers who do not live in the school street zone (but who do have a Hackney resident's parking permit) - only school street zone residents can be granted an exemption
  • visitors
  • parents and school staff
  • delivery people

Will the local buses still run through Zone SS5 - London Fields?

Yes, the local buses are exempt from the scheme and will continue to operate along Westgate Street as they do now.

How long will the scheme last?

It's a trial and will be reviewed at 9 months. If it's deemed successful, it can be made permanent by the introduction of a permanent Traffic Management Order.

How will you know if the pilot has been successful?  

The road should be visibly calmer, safer and cleaner during these times. We will be collecting data on how parents and pupils travel to school, traffic flow and speeds, and taking air quality readings.

Exempted addresses

Zone SS1 - St John the Baptist

Only vehicles registered to these address can be driven in zone SS1 during operating times:

  • 1-44 Crondall Court, St John's Estate N1 6TZ
  • 45-80 Crondall Court, St John's Estate N1 6TZ
  • 81-120 Crondall Court, St John's Estate N1 6TZ
  • 121-164 Crondall Court, St John's Estate N1 6TZ
  • 165-180 Crondall Court, St John's Estate N1 6TZ

Zone SS2 - Gayhurst

Only vehicles registered to these address can be driven in zone SS2 during operating times:

1-46 Morland Estate, Richmond Road

Zone SS3 - Millfields

Only vehicles registered to these address can be driven in zone SS3 during operating times:

  • 23-39 Rushmore Road E5 0ET - odd numbers only
  • 40-56 Rushmore Road E5 0ET - even numbers only
  • 1-14 Domfe Place E50EZ
  • 1-35 Hilsea Street E5 0SG
  • 2-44 Elmcroft Street E5 0SQ

Zone SS4 - Tyssen

Only vehicles registered to these address can be driven in zone SS4 during operating times:

  • 43a-47b Oldhill Street N16 6LR - odd numbers only
  • 54-70 Oldhill Street N16 6NA - even numbers only

Zone SS5 - London Fields

There are no exempt addresses within Zone 5.

Zone SS6 - Sebright and City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

Only vehicles registered to these address can be driven in zone SS6 during operating times:

  • Audrey Street - numbers 1, 7, 8, 9, 9A and 9B
  • Dove Row - numbers 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70 & 72
  • Nicholl Street - numbers 144, 144 A, 144 B and Eleanor Court number: 140

Zone SS7 - Southwold

Only vehicles registered to these address can be driven in zone SS6 during operating times:

  • 1-18 and 20-68 Detmold Road, E5 9NJ - odd numbers only
  • 1-32 Aveley Court, Detmold Road, E5 9NN
  • 6-20 and 1-2 Aldeburgh Close, Detmold Road, E5 9PZ
  • 7-19 Dennington Close, Detmold Road, E5 9PJ
  • 11-27 Framlington Close, Detmold Road, E5 9PR
  • 1-12 Harleston Close, Detmold Road, E5 9NH
  • 1-7 and 18-26 Inver Close, Detmold Road, E5 9NW

Page updated: 20/05/2019 11:59:15