Lambeth Council is introducing timed closures on streets around schools in the borough to make the journey to school safer for pupils.

School Streets is a scheme set up by the council to restrict vehicle access to streets around schools in the borough during pick up and drop off times. This will help to reduce road danger, improve air quality and aid social distancing, creating a safer and more pleasant environment outside of schools in the borough, while helping to facilitate walking, scooting and cycling.

Existing School Streets

Lambeth already has two School Streets around Jessop Primary School on Lowden Road, Herne Hill and Immanuel and St Andrew CE Primary School on Northanger Road, Streatham.

Image of the outside of Jessop primary school These schemes are enforced by ANPR cameras between the hours of 8am to 9am and between 3pm to 4pm.

Why do we need School Streets

Even in a borough with low car ownership such as Lambeth, roads around schools are often clogged with traffic at the beginning and end of the school day. Limited parking around most schools in the borough means drivers often park in the most dangerous places right outside the school gates, or stop in the middle of the road, putting their own and other children arriving at school at risk; local residents are often inconvenienced and annoyed by inconsiderate parking and poor driving practices.

In some parts of the borough, rat running along streets with schools on them increases the safety fears of parents - the resulting environment for those walking, cycling or scooting to school is far from ideal and discourages some families from choosing active means – with a knock-on effect for children’s activity levels, as well as potential to create dangerous levels of air pollution in the immediate vicinity of the school.

Word from cabinet

Cllr Claire Holland, Lambeth’s Deputy Leader (Sustainable Transport, Environment & Clean Air), said: “Our children are our future, and keeping them healthy and safe is our number one priority. The majority of people in Lambeth do not have access to a car and our aim needs to be ensuring equality when it comes to transport. Just because your family isn’t able to afford to run a car shouldn’t mean you are exposed to increased risk on public transport or whilst walking, cycling or scooting on our streets as they are too dangerous. We need to redress this balance, clean up our air and make our roads safer for everyone.”

Our Emergency Response

The Transport for London Streetscape Plan Supplementary Guidance on School Streets states that: as children and young people return to early years, school and further education settings, government guidance remains in place on social distancing.

Lambeth Council recognises the need to create environments which reduce road danger and help residents and school communities socially distance safely, remaining at least one meter apart from those outside their household where possible.

Advice on school travel is that parents, carers, children and young people should be encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, only driving if absolutely essential and avoiding public transport.

Lambeth is working to launch emergency school streets across the borough to aid social distancing and reduce road danger as schools return in September.

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