Sustainable travel planning
What is a school street?
School Streets are, in their simplest form, timed closures to motor traffic outside schools - usually during pick up and drop off times. The School Street scheme has been run successfully in a number of other areas in London and across the UK. The results from these schemes show a positive improvement to the neighbourhoods they are run in. Results have shown an increase in sustainable travel to and from school, reduction of poor parking and improvement in air quality.
Our first trial scheme on Mansfield Road in Chessington, which leads to Lovelace Primary School has now been made permanent. It was approved by South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee on 9 March 2021.
Further trial school streets are currently in place at:
- St Paul’s Primary School on Alexandra Road running from 8:15-9:30am and 2:30-3:45pm
- Alexandra Primary School on Princes Road, in North Kingston from 8:15-9:30am and 2:30-3:45pm
- Castle Hill Primary School on Buckland Road in Chessington 8:00-9:30am and 2:00-3:45pm
- Latchmere Road and Dinton Road running from 8.15-9.30am and 2.30-4.00pm
Please note that the schemes are running on Experimental Orders and timings of the scheme are an example of changes that can be made within the order to make schemes work better. You must always obey signage at the schemes to avoid penalty charges.
You can find out more and leave feedback on these schemes on our Let's Talk portal.
We will be looking to extend the scheme to other schools who have proven that they have tried to eliminate their issues through a school travel plan.
Please see our dropped kerb parking pages for information related to enforcement.
Please see our cycling pages for information related to cycling and cycle training.
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions below and if you still have any queries contact [email protected].
Q. What are school streets?
School Streets are, in their simplest form, timed closures to motor traffic outside schools - usually during pick up and drop off times. This is enforced during school term times only.
Q. How will the school street work?
School Streets come in different forms, including the use of movable barriers by school staff. School Street schemes in Kingston Borough are monitored by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera which will detect vehicles travelling into the restricted area. The restriction will only apply at certain times of the day to coincide with the school pickup and drop offs.
Each school will have different circumstances that will need to be assessed before a decision on a school street is made. It could mean that other options such as Controlled parking zones would work better.
Q. What time are the restrictions enforceable?
The timings are dependent on the school and location of the school street.
Q. Is there a penalty charge for entering the School Street?
Yes. If you enter the restricted zone you will receive a Parking Charge Notice (PCN) of £65.00 rising to £130.00 if not paid within 14 days.
Q. What if I’m already within the school street parking zone?
Vehicles already within the zone are free to leave during the restriction.
Q. I’m a blue badge holder, will I be able to enter the school street?
Yes, but you will need to apply for an exemption from the council. Please email [email protected].
Q. I'm a parent or carer, can I enter the school street zone?
No. Parents or carers dropping children at school will not be able to enter the school street zone. You can only enter if you or your child are a blue badge holder. You will still be able to walk, cycle or scoot to school in a more friendly and safe environment.
Q. What other road users are permitted in the scheme?
This will vary from scheme to scheme, often depending on information obtained through the consultation/engagement process. To ensure that bus routes are not impacted during operating times, public service buses are usually exempt. Other likely exemptions are emergency service vehicles and contract school transport dropping or picking up pupils from the school or their home address if it is within a School Street scheme.
Q. What happens if I need a delivery?
We write to delivery companies and raise awareness of restrictions in place. In addition we ensure there is clear signage. However, when booking your delivery, you must inform the delivery company of the restrictions in place.
This scheme will penalise parents and is a ban on driving to school
The scheme is only a ban on driving on the streets around school entrances; parents who feel they need to drive will have to park legally nearby and walk the last leg of the journey. Information will be provided on locations where parents can park, such as supermarkets or leisure centre car parks.
At many schools, there are already a high proportion of pupils walking and cycling to school and a significant number of the vehicles are using the streets as a shortcut on their journey, rather than school traffic.
Q. How are schools chosen for the trial?
Schools have to show us that they have been working to fix their issues by producing a school travel plan. These detail the different actions the school have done which could include promoting walking to school or running Bikeability cycle training.
Q. How long will the scheme last?
School Streets use Experimental Traffic Management Orders (ETMOs) which run for a minimum 6 months and last a maximum of 18 months. There is a consultation and engagement period which sits alongside the ETMO which runs for six months. Data will then be collected and feedback will be evaluated before a decision is made at the relevant Neighbourhood Committee on whether to make the scheme permanent, remove or modify it.
Q. Why was I not consulted before the introduction of the scheme?
As detailed above, the experiment traffic management order runs for six months alongside the implementation of the scheme. We will make sure that residents who will be immediately affected are made aware of the scheme before implementation. We also work with schools who have already engaged parents in sustainable transport issues through their school travel plans.
Q. Won’t the scheme push parking issues elsewhere?
Part of the aim of the scheme is to encourage more people to travel sustainably. We will work to try and find alternatives for parents to park and stride from. We will be assessing the local roads during the trial to see whether there is displacement of vehicles. If this occurs, we will look to address this too.
Q. Were other options explored to improve the traffic problem and safety outside the school before the introduction of the school street scheme?
Schools chosen to participate in these schemes have already tried other means of improving the road environment around the school gates. One of the selection criteria is that schools must have an active School Travel Plan in place or have achieved a Modeshift STARS accreditation.
They will have tried publicity, training and promotion activities to improve the situation, often with limited success. Other traffic management options, like One-Way Systems or extensive parking restrictions, may have been considered, but to introduce them on a permanent 24/7 basis would penalise those residents living in the affected streets based on an issue that occurs only during school term times at drop-off and pick-up times. It would also not discourage or penalise parking on school zig zag markings.
The School Streets project provides an opportunity to trial a new way of addressing concerns raised around school parking and congestion, whilst encouraging and enabling alternative and sustainable forms of travel to school.
Q. What will happen with deliveries to the school/my property?
Any deliveries will need to adhere to the school streets closure timings. You should schedule any large deliveries outside of the school street operation times.
Q. What happens if I have a courtesy car or have to use another car?
The onus will be on you to keep the council updated with a vehicle that you may use. Please call 0330 1358952 where our Parking Contractor supervisor from NSL will update the system - they will need at least 30 mins to make the update.
Q. Should the closure times be shorter?
The timings will have been determined through working with the school and doing numerous surveys to determine when vehicles arrive and leave. Whilst the scheme is in operation, we will continue to survey to determine whether the timings will need reducing or extending.
Q. Who will enforce them?
This will depend on the type of scheme, and the type of offence being enforced; use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, or enforcement by police or parking enforcement officers. The penalty for ignoring the prohibition is a fixed penalty notice.
Q. I’m not within the school street, but now there is someone parking across my driveway. What can be done about this?
The council and its parking enforcement provider NSL are now offering a service for residents and businesses who find their driveway is obstructed by a vehicle. To report an offence, you can call the council's parking enforcement on 0330 135 8952, between:
- 7am to 10pm (Monday to Saturday)
- 10:30am to 10pm (Sundays and bank holidays)
When calling, you will be required to provide the following:
- Your Name/Company name
- Your Address
- Your Telephone number
- Details of the vehicle obstructing your driveway
This is so we can verify that it is the owner of the house that is requesting enforcement action.
Once this information has been received, we will arrange for a Civil Enforcement Officer to visit the location and carry out appropriate enforcement. Depending upon location and resource, we would hope to respond within 15 minutes.
Please note that we do not remove vehicles that have parked adjacent to a driveway and the Civil Enforcement Officer attending will only be able to issue a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
Please also note that the above telephone number is provided for the sole purpose of reporting vehicles blocking our residents driveways and cannot be used to report any other kind of parking contravention.