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What is a School Street?

What is a School Street?

A School Street is designed to reduce the number of vehicles around the school, providing a safer environment for children travelling to and from school.

  • The council believes that the School Street would:
  • Reduce congestion and vehicles travelling through the School Street
  • Reduce pollution around the school entrance with fewer engines idling
  • Encourage more walking, cycling and active journeys from pupils and parents/carers
  • Result in less anti-social behaviour from inconsiderate parking and dangerous manoeuvres
  • Create a calmer, safer and cleaner environment

What are the changes introduced?

A School Street will operate from September along Winchester Road. The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 9:30am and 2:00pm to 4.00pm.
Volunteers will be maintaining the School Street with physical barriers at each side of the street.
Residents who live within the School Street zone, blue badge holders, emergency vehicles and carers are allowed vehicular access. Where possible, we are asking residents not to re-enter the street during hours of operation and park elsewhere if possible.

There will be no changes to parking bays.

As a short term measure cones and retractable barriers may be used untilt the sign or camera goes up.
Due to the current circumstances, deliveries will be permitted to residential properties at any time. Where possible we are asking residents to schedule deliveries outside the School Street hours of operation.

Contact Any queries please contact:
Jessica Tozer 0208 892 3462


“About School Streets Scheme
A School Street is where one or more roads surrounding a school temporarily close during school opening and closing times to become a pedestrian and cycle only zone. Residents within the School Street retain access and it is anticipated the roads will see a reduction in motor traffic.
Signs will inform drivers of the restrictions before the entrance to the School Street. Some closures will have advance warning signs installed.

Why do we want to create School Streets?
Richmond Council has been working with schools in the borough to promote active travel for a number of years, however many schools and parents are still concerned by road safety and air pollution around schools. It’s anticipated School Streets will reduce the level of congestion around schools, benefiting children travelling to school as well as local residents.
By temporarily closing roads outside the school, we hope to create a safer, more pleasant environment in the area. The schemes are being proposed under an experimental traffic order to be able to monitor any impacts before considering making the schemes permanent.

Displaced Traffic
There may be some displaced traffic, so each scheme is being trialled over a minimum of 12 months to fully understand its impact. This also allows the opportunity for people to adapt and change their travel behaviour.
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