Traffic-free streets coming to 30 schools in time for September

28 August 2020

Entrance to a school with social distancing signs on the ground

In time for September, the roads outside 30 schools will be transformed into ‘School Streets’, banning cars for pick up and drop off times. The initiative, which is in partnership with TfL’s Streetspace programme, is designed to boost walking and cycling, make the route safer for pupils, as well as cutting local air pollution.

Piloted at Harlesden and Wykeham Primary schools last year, this summer’s rollout marks a shift change in prioritising measures to make active travel easier and safer. The reduction in cars around the school gates will also help families to social distance. Parents and teachers at the pilot schools were overwhelmingly in support of School Streets.

Schools in Church End, Cricklewood, Harlesden, Neasden and Stonebridge, among others, will benefit.

Cllr Shama Tatler, Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, said: “With the support of Headteachers, I’m thrilled we’ve been able to expand our initial pilot. School Streets help get kids into healthy habits from a young age, by encouraging them to walk, cycle or scoot into school. As we enter a new school year and many children return to school for the first time in months, there’s never been a better time to get active. Restricting cars and other vehicles around pick up and drop off times should also help make children’s route into school safer.”

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment said: “We know that air pollution has a particularly detrimental effect on the health of children. By discouraging polluting traffic around schools, we also hope to improve local air quality and protect young lungs. Lockdown has given us lots of opportunities to reflect on the way in which our travel habits impact the environment and I’m pleased that this is one of a number of new initiatives we are working on to tackle these issues head-on.”

Find the full list of schools and more information at https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/transport-and-streets/making-travel-safer-and-healthier/school-streets/