School Streets


School Streets is an initiative led by schools that are concerned about road safety and air quality around their schools.

What is School Streets? Click to get info

School Streets is an initiative led by schools that are concerned about road safety and air quality around their schools,  that want to encourage more parents and children to walk, cycle or scoot the school run.

They create a more pleasant environment for everyone, while making sure residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists can still access the road.

How it works Click to get info

A street or several streets around a school temporarily become a pedestrian and cyclist only zone at set times in the morning and afternoon based on the school timetable. During the academic term, motor vehicles are not permitted to enter the street during the specified times unless they have a valid exemption.

Emergency services, residents, businesses and blue badge holders are exempt from the restriction. 

Road signs inform drivers of the restrictions before the entrance to the pedestrian and cyclist only zone and enforcement cameras monitor vehicle activity during the restricted times. Vehicles not registered to the street, or without a valid exemption that enters during the times of operation will be identified by one of the cameras and issued with a Penalty Charge Notice of £130 through the post (reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days).

Any vehicle already inside the School Street Zone when the restriction begins will be able to leave without charge.

Residents and business owners can apply for an exemption, please see below for more details of how to apply.

Schools Streets Zones Click to get info

SC1: Byron Road, E10 5DS (George Mitchell Primary School); live from Monday 23 September 2019.

Monday to Friday, term time only between 8.30am and 9.15am, and 3pm and 3.45pm

SC2: Marsh Lane, E10 7BL (Willow Brook Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School and Riverley Primary School); live from Monday 23 September 2019.

Monday to Friday, term time only, between 8.15am and 9.15am and 3pm and 4pm.

How will it be enforced? Click to get info

Road signs will be installed at entrances to the roads to inform all drivers about the restrictions in operation. If a motor vehicle enters the street without a valid exemption, the vehicle will be identified by a traffic enforcement camera and issued with a Penalty Charge Notice through the post.

  • Residents within the School Streets zone
  • Businesses within the School Street zone
  • Blue Badge Holders
  • Carers
  • Emergency Services

Local buses which use the route will remain unaffected.

Vehicles listed below will not be granted any exemptions:

  • Drivers who do have a valid CPZ permit, but are not a resident of the road
  • Visitors
  • Parents 
  • Delivery and Trades people

Option 1

If you are a resident/business within the school streets zone and already have a valid resident/business Controlled Parking Zone permit for your vehicle, you will be automatically registered on the exemption list and you do not need to apply.

Please note that it is your responsibility to inform us if you change your vehicle so that we can register the new vehicle for the exemption.  

Option 2

For residents/businesses within the school streets zone who do not have a parking permit for their vehicle, i.e. if your vehicle is parked on a driveway or your street is not in a Controlled Parking Zone you will need to apply for an exemption. This is free of charge. To apply for the exemption, follow the link below. Please note the vehicle you’re applying the exemption for, must be registered to your address, or a valid reason why it is not must be detailed when applying. Carers who have a valid carer permit and are looking after a person living within the school street zone will also need to apply for the permit.

Apply for a school streets permit 

The School Streets programme is being introduced as a trial and will be reviewed after a school term. If it’s deemed successful in addressing concerns around road safety, the scheme can be made permanent by the introduction of a permanent Traffic Management Order.