School Streets

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School Streets

School Streets create safer environments around schools for children and the community. A ‘School Street’ is an area transformed into a pedestrian and cycling zone outside of a school. They operate from Monday to Friday during the school term only at set times for drop-off (morning) and pick-up (afternoon). Roads remain open to people walking, scooting and cycling and those who are exempt from the closure.

School Streets are either operated manually by volunteers who place a physical gate or barrier across the road at the closure times alongside designated closure points, or by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera system. Sometimes other mitigations such as one-way streets are also used to support the scheme.

A recent Transport for London study found that School Streets reduced nitrogen dioxide at drop off time by up to 23%, and 18% of parents reported driving to school less when their child attended a school where there was a School Street.

More information including the locations of current School Streets can be found in the Document Library to the right of this page.

We are currently working hard to deliver more School Streets and you may have seen works or been contacted about one in your local area. Find out more about our upcoming School Streets in the FAQs.

We continue to reach out to schools so that we can continue to expand the initiative and make it safer for young people, parents and school staff to travel to school actively by walking, cycling, scooting, or otherwise! Enfield Council are committed to extending the reach of School Streets as far as possible as part of our Journeys and Places programme. In order for schools to be considered for a School Street in the future, we require them to complete an Expression of Interest form. The form can be found below.

School Streets create safer environments around schools for children and the community. A ‘School Street’ is an area transformed into a pedestrian and cycling zone outside of a school. They operate from Monday to Friday during the school term only at set times for drop-off (morning) and pick-up (afternoon). Roads remain open to people walking, scooting and cycling and those who are exempt from the closure.

School Streets are either operated manually by volunteers who place a physical gate or barrier across the road at the closure times alongside designated closure points, or by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera system. Sometimes other mitigations such as one-way streets are also used to support the scheme.

A recent Transport for London study found that School Streets reduced nitrogen dioxide at drop off time by up to 23%, and 18% of parents reported driving to school less when their child attended a school where there was a School Street.

More information including the locations of current School Streets can be found in the Document Library to the right of this page.

We are currently working hard to deliver more School Streets and you may have seen works or been contacted about one in your local area. Find out more about our upcoming School Streets in the FAQs.

We continue to reach out to schools so that we can continue to expand the initiative and make it safer for young people, parents and school staff to travel to school actively by walking, cycling, scooting, or otherwise! Enfield Council are committed to extending the reach of School Streets as far as possible as part of our Journeys and Places programme. In order for schools to be considered for a School Street in the future, we require them to complete an Expression of Interest form. The form can be found below.

  • Works Started on Six School Streets

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    You may have seen over the six weeks holidays work has started on the delivery of School Streets at the following locations. We are working hard to finalize the projects and will be in touch with residents, businesses and the school community regarding exemptions (including when they will be available and how to apply) and when the schemes will be coming into operation soon.

    1. St Mary's Catholic Primary School
    2. St James Church of England Primary School
    3. Wilbury Primary School
    4. Houndsfield Primary School
    5. Hazelwood Primary School
    6. Bowes Primary School
  • Report on Public Consultation for 6 School Streets

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    Following the public consultation a report has been published and the decision taken to implement School Streets at the following Schools.

    • Bowes Primary School
    • Houndsfield Primary School
    • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
    • Hazelwood Primary School
    • St James Church of England Primary School
    • Wilbury Primary School

    The report and summary of responses to representations and objections can be found in the documents section on the main project page

  • Public Consultation Open - George Spicer Extension

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    A public consultation is now underway for the proposed improvements to the George Spicer School Street. The survey can be found on the main project page along with the link to the draft traffic orders. The consultation window closes 14th August 2022

  • Statutory Consultation - School Streets 2022

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    Following the successful implementation of 14 School Streets across the borough Enfield Council are expanding the initiative to more schools and are proposing School Streets at the following locations and times:

    School Location of School Street zone Operating times (Monday to Friday, operated during school term time only)

    Bowes Primary School

    Highworth Road between the A406 and Union Road
    8.30am to 9.15am, and 3pm to 3.45pm

    Hazelwood School


    Kingsley Road and sections of River Way and Hazelwood Lane
    8.15am to 9.15am, and 2.45pm to 3.45pm

    Houndsfield Primary School


    Ripon Road, Doncaster Road, Cleveland Road and Houndsfield Road
    8.30am to 9.30am, and 2.45pm to 3.45pm

    St James’ Church of England Primary School


    Frederick Crescent
    8.15am to 9.15am, and 2.45pm to 3.30pm

    St Mary's Catholic Primary School


    Durants Road between Alexandra Road and Bursland Road
    8.15am to 9.15am, and 2.30pm to 3.30pm

    Wilbury Primary School


    Weir Hall Road (between Wilbury Way and Lansbury Avenue)
    8.30am to 9.15am, and 2.45pm to 3.30pm.


    Please refer to the maps for the proposed design for each of the School Streets listed above, along with the proposed traffic order. Both can be found in the Document Library.

    A ‘School Street’ is an area transformed into a pedestrian and cycling zone operating Monday to Friday during the school term, during set times at drop-off and pick-up times. School Streets aim to:

    • ensure the safety of school students as they arrive to and leave school,
    • improve the air quality near the school, and
    • encourage more young people to walk and cycle to school.

    When the School Street zone is in operation during the designated hours, motor vehicles cannot pass through the zone, except for those who have received a permit and are exempt. Those who are eligible for exemptions include:

    • residents who live within the zone,
    • Blue Badge holders requiring access to the school (for example parents who hold a Blue Badge for a pupil),
    • school staff who have been provided a permit by the school administration under exceptional circumstances,
    • businesses who operate within the zone, and
    • emergency services.

    Further information on School Streets and how they operate can be found at https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/schoolstreets.

    Share your views

    In partnership with the schools listed above, Enfield Council is proposing the implementation of School Streets as shown in the maps and detailed in the proposed traffic order found the Document Library.

    We invite residents, businesses, parents, school staff and any other interested stakeholders to take part in the statutory consultation by Sunday 19 June 2022. Please make your representation or objection in writing stating the grounds on which it is being made and quoting the reference TG1500 no later than 11.59pm on Sunday 19 June 2022. You can write to us in any of the following ways:

    All comments received during the consultation will be considered. We are not able to respond to individual comments, however a report that summarises the findings of the consultation will be published in due course.

  • Decision Published

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    A decision to implement a further ten school streets in Enfield has been published regarding the School Streets Project and can be found here. The decision is subject to call-in as per the councils scrutiny process, more information on this can be found here. Check out the video announcing the group of schools we are currently working with here.

  • Report Published

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    A report on the proposed continuation of School Streets Initiative has been prepared. The report and its recommendations has now been published and is available here. The report is still under consideration with a decision anticipated shortly.

  • Implementation schedule for School Street cameras

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    In November 2021 the Council, in partnership with 12 primary schools in the borough, successfully made the School Streets trialled from 2020 permanent. This is part of the Council’s Healthy Streets approach, working to create cleaner, greener and safer streets and promoting sustainable and active travel.

    We have worked with schools to introduce Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera enforcement to assist with safety in the School Street walking and cycling zone. This also removes the necessity for staff and volunteers to marshal the gates.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic many of the worlds supply chains were and continue to be impacted by staff and materials shortages. This has had significant impacts on many of the Council's core suppliers, including delays to the provision of cameras and lamp columns for these School Streets.

    We have now scheduled the installation of cameras at the remaining locations and set anticipated start dates for all schemes. We will continue to write to all residents and businesses in the immediate area to inform them of the progress towards enforcement cameras going live. Exemption applications to enable access for residents and businesses can continue to be made on line via the parking pages:

    Parents and carers who are blue badge holders and require specific access to the school during the hours of operation for the purpose of collecting or dropping off a child should contact the school administration via the school office who will process their application for an exemption.

    There is no charge for School Street exemptions.

    Below is the programme for activating enforcement cameras at the following schools:

    School Enforcement start date
    Raynham Primary 21 February 2022
    De Bohun Primary 21 February 2022
    Chase Side Primary 22 February 2022
    Meridian Angel Primary 22 February 2022
    Keys Meadow Primary 09 May 2022
    Worcester's Primary 09 May 2022
    Lavender Primary 09 May 2022
    Kingfisher Hall 09 May 2022
    Hazelbury Primary 09 May 2022
    St Paul's Primary 09 May 2022
  • Thanks for all your feedback!

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    Many thanks for sharing you views and feedback regarding the school street scheme. All of your comments and thoughts have proven extremely valuable. Our intention when making any proposals is to gain the support and feedback of the local community.

    When proposing any scheme the Council considers the benefits and disbenefits associated with any proposal. After due care and consideration a decision has been to make the school streets schemes permanent. The reports can be viewed via the links below.

    We will communicate this decision via letters to the local area, via parents letter distributed by the schools and via email to all that corresponded with the council.

    Next steps:

    Over the coming months we will continue to work with schools to refine the operation of all schemes locally. This will include migrating all schemes from a marshalled gate operated process to camera enforced timed pedestrian and cycling zones.

    We will continue to update our engagement page with details of this progress here: https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/schoolstreets

    For further information on permitting please visit the parking pages here: https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/parking/

  • School Streets Review

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    Twelve School Streets were implemented in September 2020 with the aim of;

    • creating a safer and cleaner entrance to the school
    • targeting traffic and road danger reduction near the school gates, to protect our vulnerable children
    • contributing to a reduction in air and noise pollution
    • encouraging the uptake of active modes of travel such as scooting, walking and cycling.

    A statutory consultation was open on the School Streets project page from October 2020 through to 6th June 2021 which received over 850 responses. This data has now been evaluated and a recommendation put forward to make all 12 locations permanent. We are awaiting the outcome of this decision.

    This will include the addition of some camera enforcement that will enable schools to reduce the level of marshals, if they wish. As part of making the schemes permanent, planters will be refreshed and the Council will take on maintenance responsibility. Rubberised kerbs will also be installed around the planters to ensure they are positioned correctly.

    A decision on this recommendation is expected by the end of September. We will write to the wider community to details our findings and the outcome of this decision in due course.



  • Research published including data from some of our School Streets

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    Transport for London (TfL) have published two pieces of research that included some of Enfield's School Streets. The first measures air quality at School Streets, and the second is a survey asking people about their experiences of School Streets.

    To measure the air quality benefits of the new School Streets, 30 cutting-edge sensors from the Breathe London network were installed at 18 primary schools across Brent, Enfield and Lambeth to record nitrogen dioxide levels. The air quality monitoring project, funded by FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, was launched in September 2020 to give the most accurate indication yet of how the School Streets scheme is working.

    Closing the roads around schools to traffic at pick-up and drop-off times has reduced polluting nitrogen dioxide levels by up to 23 per cent and is strongly supported by parents, new research published by the Mayor Sadiq Khan reveals.


    TfL has also today published new survey results which suggest that interventions outside schools to make walking and cycling safer are popular with parents and carers and have contributed to a drop in car use. Parents and carers from 35 schools took part in the study and the results showed:

    • 81 per cent of those surveyed at schools where measures had been implemented believed a School Street is suitable for their school
    • 73 per cent of parents and carers at these schools agree with School Street measures remaining in place while social distancing is still required, with 77 per cent supporting the changes being kept in the long term subject to consultation
    • Two thirds (66 per cent) of parents and carers at schools without School Street measures support their implementation while social distancing is still required and a majority of these parents (59 per cent) also support such measures in the long term subject to community engagement and consultation
    • Since the pandemic, parents and carers reported walking to school more, and driving less, at both School Street schools and those without School Streets
    • At schools with School Streets, parents and carers reported driving to school less as a result of both the coronavirus pandemic and the School Street. The School Street had a greater impact (-18 per cent) on reducing car travel to school compared to the impact of coronavirus (-12 per cent).


    To read more detail and for links to the reports, visit the Mayor of London's website here

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