Emergency School Streets

Closing the road outside of a school to vehicles at pick up and drop off times helps make the route safer for pupils, promotes walking and cycling, and cuts the number of polluting cars contributing to local air pollution. It also helps the school community with social distancing as more pupils return to school.

Residents who live within the school street zone, blue-badge holders and emergency vehicles are exempt from restrictions. 

An independent review is currently being conducted of the 30 emergency school streets that have been operation since September 2020 to see if they should become a permanent arrangement or be removed. Once completed, the results will be published on this page.  Thank you to everyone that responded to the consultation, your feedback will be used in the decision making process.

Why do we need School Streets?

With public transport use discouraged due to COVID-19, many people may instead choose to travel by car, leading to more congested streets, poorer air quality, and an increase in carbon emissions. 

Schools Streets reduce congestion and pollution, as well as making it easier to implement social distancing measures. In discouraging car use, we hope to encourage more people to walk and cycle as part of their daily routine.

Where are the School Streets located?



School Street locations

Brondesbury Park

Queens Park Community School

Aylestone Ave between Chudleigh Road & Christchurch Ave. Christchurch Ave between Aylestone Ave & Brondesbury Park


Malorees Infant and Junior Schools

Church End

Brentfield Primary

Meadow Garth by Homefield Close

St Marys CoE Primary School

Garnet Road j/w Mayo Rd



Mora Rd  J/W Temple Rd & Wotton Rd/St Michael's Road

Our Lady of Grace Infants

Dollis Hill Ave at A5 & Mount Road


St Robert Southwell RC Primary

Slough Lane


John Keble

Crownhill Road Manor Park Rd to Harlesden Gdns



Convent Jesus & Mary Language College

Harlesden (to become permanent)

Minet Ave j/w Acton Lane

Kensal Green

Princess Frederica CE VA Primary School

Purves Road

Kensal Rise

Ark Franklin Primary Academy

Kempe Road between Chamberlayne Road & Peploe Road


Mount Stewart Infant & Junior school

Mount Stewart Ave between Abercorn Gdns and Manning Gdns


Uxendon Primary School

Greenway and Falcon Way


Claremont Primary School



Clarence Road, Willesden Lane & Torbay Road


Kingsbury High School

Bacon Lane from school to Roe Lane


Kingsbury Green Primary School

Old Kenton Lane



Northview Cres j/w Southview

Wykeham (to become permanent)

Annesley Close j/w Aboyne Road


Preston Park

Preston Manor Upper School

College Road Glendale Gdns & Thirlmere Gdns

Hollycroft Avenue j/w Highfield Avenue


Stonebridge Primary

Wesley Rd at Hillside

Our Lady of Lourdes


Sudbury Primary School

Perrin Road




Oakington Manor Primary School

Tokyngton Ave & Berkhamsted Ave at Gaddesden Ave

Oakington Manor Drive, Chippenham Avenue, Chalfont Avenue j/w Brent Way


St Joseph Infants

Waverley Ave j/w Harrow Road

St Joseph Juniors

Chatsworth Ave j/w Harrow Road


St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Junior School

Linacre at junction with Acland Road

Convent of J & M Infants

Access Road to school between 19 & 25

St Joseph Primary

Goodson Rd, Brownlow Rd & (Amendment: Northcote Rd between Brownlow Rd & Leopold Rd to be introduced also)


Hawkeshead Rd j/w Oldfield Rd & Roundwood Rd


How were these Schools selected?

At Brent, we would love to see School Streets outside every school so that all school pupils can enjoy a safer journey to school and to minimise their exposure to air pollution. However, we have had to focus on a select programme of schools in line with the resources available to us. A key aim is to ensure that schemes address local problems and priorities as far as possible.

A wide selection of criteria were used to select schools for this initial programme including:

  • Looking at which schools needed most support with enabling social distancing
  • Road safety issues
  • Exposure to poor air quality
  • Feasibility – not all schools are on roads that are suitable for traffic restrictions.

Why are they “Emergency” School Streets?

In normal circumstances we would not implement a traffic scheme like this without comprehensive engagement with the local community first.  However, because of the urgency required in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, these School Street Zones will be introduced as temporary using an experimental traffic order.

Whilst the experimental traffic order can last up to 18 months, public comments can be made during the first 6 months. A review will be conducted after 6 months and taking all comments into account a decision will then be made to make schemes permanent with or without amendment, or to remove schemes.

Residents were sent a letter outlining the changes, advising that they are exempt from the restrictions and informing them to have their say during the public consultation. Schools also notified their school community of the changes and were supported to promote active travel.

Participating schools are working to inform parents/guardians and the school community of the changes.

How will the success of these schemes be monitored?

The aim is to monitor School Streets against these four objectives:

Has the School Street been effective in:

1) Providing space for social distancing?

  • Collating observations from schools
  • Site observations by Council Officers

2) Improving air quality?

  • The aim is to collect NO2 data at each of the participating schools during the 6 month trial period

3) Encouraging active journeys to schools?

  •  Collecting pupil travel data at each of the participating schools during the 6 month trial period

4) Reducing private vehicle use/ resident views?

  • Analysing consultation comments

Because of the rapid implementation of these schemes, it will not always be possible to compare with baseline data. Furthermore, any changes observed may not be as a direct result of these particular initiatives. They are being implemented at a time where there are many changes happening at once. Therefore, it is tricky to isolate which changes can be attributed to a specific scheme.

However, the hope is that by monitoring activity during the trial period that this data can provide an indication on how the schemes are going. 

Can I request for my local school to be included

Expansion of this scheme will depend on additional funding being obtained and there is no guarantee of this. 

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