School Streets

A School Street is where a road with a school temporarily closes to become a pedestrian and cycle zone-only during the school's opening and closing times, to enhance the safety of school children.

Why we want to create School Streets

We have 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.

We receive many requests for general traffic management and safety improvements that are demonstrated to not be justified, given finite resources, in terms of accidents, speeds and traffic flows.

However, a more moderate approach is taken near schools recognising the particular concerns there are towards children's safety, active travel and exposure to pollution. It is hoped that some of these concerns will be addressed by reducing the number of vehicles at school start and finish times.

By temporarily closing roads outside the school, we hope to create a safer, more pleasant environment around the school. We aim to reduce congestion and pollution levels as well. The schemes are being proposed under an experimental traffic order to be able to monitor any impacts before considering making the schemes permanent.

Pilots and consultations

The following School Street consultations are commencing soon. Please see the linked drawings for further information on each proposal. Schools Streets will be added to this list as they are agreed.

School School Street

Zone 

Date of Implementation

Orleans Primary School 

Zone 1 

21-Sep-20 

St Stephen's Primary School 

Zone 2 

21-Sep-20 

(GEMS) Twickenham Primary Academy 

Zone 3 

21-Sep-20 

St Richard Reynold Catholic College 

Zone 4 

28-Sep-20 

Stanley Primary School 

Zone 5 

28-Sep-20 

Hampton Infants and Nursery School  

Zone 6  

5-Oct-20

Holy Trinity CoE Primary School  

 Zone 7  

5-Oct-20

The Richmond Upon Thames School

Zone 8 

5-Oct-20

Hampton Hill Junior School

Zone 9

12-Oct-20

Jack and Jill Pre Prep School

Zone 10

12-Oct-20

St John the Baptist CE Junior School

Zone 11

12-Oct-20

St Mary's CE Primary School

Zone 13

12-Oct-20

The Russell Primary

Zone 14

12-Oct-20

Trafalgar Infant and Junior Schools

Zone 15

12-Oct-20

 

School Street schemes were approved to be consulted on and implemented, if approved, at the Transport and Air Quality committee (Item 16). Since the committee approval in September 2019 and the impact COVID-19 has had on schools now needing to social distance pupils, parents/carers and staff, we have received funding to implement more School Streets in Richmond before 15 October 2020.

The above School Streets are being consulted on as part of an Experimental Traffic Order and consultation runs alongside the trial. The impacts of these schemes will be reported before a decision is made whether to make them permanent. Please visit the consultation page to make comments on the proposals. These pages will go live on the implementation dates for each school above and residents in the local area will receive notification leading up to the consultation dates.

If you want to hear more about the initiative for your school, please email us putting Richmond School Street in the title of your message.

We are also running drop in call back sessions on Thursdays 12 to 2PM from 17 September to 15 October. Please email to arrange a date and time for a call back.

Urgent School Street Programme

All schools have been contacted offering either a School Street or other measures where School Streets are not feasible.

These will be implemented under an experimental Traffic Management Order and residents; businesses and the wider school community will be given an opportunity to make representations whilst the scheme is live. We have created a project overview and timeline (pdf, 114 KB), showing each stage of the programme, including when we will engage with residents, the school and the wider school community (pupils and parents/carers).

As Schools Streets are confirmed, their details will be made available in the consultation table above.

Restrictions

It is anticipated that vehicles will not be able to enter the streets between the times of operation unless they are considered exempt. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section below for further details of exemptions.

Signs will inform drivers of the restrictions before the entrance to the School Street. At some closures, advance warning signs will be installed, where needed.

Residents and businesses who live and work on a School Street will be exempt from the closure, as well as Blue Badge holders. The scheme will not operate in the school holidays or at weekends. Full details on this will be included in the consultation.

Enforcement

There may be a physical barrier such as a bollard preventing access, and details of each scheme are to be advised via a consultation. Any vehicles already parked in a zone will be able to exit without a penalty.

In future, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras may be installed and details of how to register exemptions will be made available at that time.

Displaced traffic

It is understood that there may be some displaced traffic, so the scheme is being trialled over 12 months to fully understand its impact. This also allows the opportunity for people to adapt and change their travel behaviour.

For more information, contact transportation@richmond.gov.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

View the most common questions about School Streets.

Updated: 30 September 2020