School streets is a pilot scheme where the road outside a number of schools is closed to traffic at the schools' opening and closing times. Closing the street to school traffic and through traffic helps to make a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone while ensuring residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists can still use the road.
5 primary schools have been selected take part in the trial:
- St John the Baptist School, Crondall Street, N1 6JG - school street launched 26 June 2017. View a map of the location [pdf, 253.26Kb]
- Gayhurst Community School, Gayhurst Road, E8 3EN - school street launched on Monday 29 January 2018. View a map of the location [pdf, 261.17Kb]
- Millfields Community School, Hilsea Street, E5 0SH - school street launched on Thursday 1 February 2018. View a map of the location [pdf, 286.0Kb]
- Tyssen Community School, Oldhill Street, N16 6LR - consultation closed 1 December 2017 with 64% of respondents in support of the scheme, school street to be launched on Tuesday 6 March 2018. View a map of the location [pdf, 261.17Kb]
- London Fields Primary School, Westgate Street, E8 3RL - consultation closed 12 January 2018 and results are being compiled. View a map of the location [pdf, 524.77Kb]
How school streets work
The streets around a school would temporarily become a pedestrian and cycle only zone at set times in the morning and afternoon.
Vehicles can't enter the street between these times unless they have been given an exemption. Residents and businesses who live and work on a school street, and blue badge holders will be able to register for an exemption.
Signs will 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.
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
What times are the restrictions in force?
The scheme will operate between 8:30-9:15am and 3:15-4:00pm during school term time. It will not operate in the school holidays or at weekends.
How will it be enforced?
Signs at the entrances to the streets will inform drivers of the restrictions. Non-registered vehicles entering the street during the times of operation will be identified by camera and issued a fixed penalty notice.
What if I am already parked inside the zone when it comes into operation?
All vehicles already parked in the street before the times of operation will be able to exit without incurring a fixed penalty notice.
I am a resident living inside the zone or a business, what do I need to do?
Residents / businesses in the affected parts of the streets will be able to apply, free of charge, for an exemption for a vehicle or vehicles registered to their address. This will allow them to drive that vehicle in the street when it is closed to other traffic.
Residents in possession of a Hackney resident's parking permit will automatically have their vehicle's registration added to the list of exempted vehicles. It is the resident's responsibility to tell the Council if they change their vehicle and register a new number plate for exemption.
As a blue badge holder, can I apply for an exemption?
As a blue badge holder, you are exempt from the scheme, but you must apply for an exemption.
As a parent/carer, can I apply for an exemption?
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.
Which vehicles aren't exempt?
Vehicles driven by visitors, parents, delivery vehicles, trades people, contractors and school staff will not be permitted to drive in the street during the times it is closed to other traffic.
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.