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.

    How will the school street work?

    School Streets will close off sections of road outside or near to schools, where there are issues with parents parking when dropping children off at school. In Kingston, they will be monitored by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera which will detect vehicles travelling in to the restricted area. The restriction will only apply at certain times of the day to coincide with the school pickup and drop offs. We are sending out this pre scheme questionnaire to gain your feedback. Other schemes include using barriers to close off roads, as well as 'self enforcing' schemes, using semi closures, such as planter barriers. 

    What time are the restrictions enforceable?

    The timings are dependent on the school and location of the school street. These are generally around 8:15-9:15 in the morning and 2:30-3:30 in the afternoon during the term-time.

    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.

    What if I’m already within the school street parking zone?

    Vehicles already within the zone are free to leave during the restriction.

    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. 

    How are schools chosen for the trial?

    We work closely with the schools to ensure that they have done enough to try and fix the problems that happen around the school pick up and drop off times. We firstly engage the schools in the school travel plan process, which set out measures to help them tackle these issues. We then conduct surveys, which include vehicle surveys. These are monitored and a decision made on whether a school street is feasible.

    How long will the scheme last?

    The schemes will last a minimum of 6 months with a view to extend or make permanent pending consultation with residents and school as well as evaluation of data collected.

    Why was my neighbour consulted before the scheme?

    The scheme is using an experimental traffic management order, which means the consultation period for the scheme, runs alongside the scheme rather than before. We sent out a questionnaire with details of the scheme as it was felt by us and the school that we wanted people immediately affected were made aware before implementation in the new school term.

    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 be assessing the local roads during the trial to see whether there are displacement of vehicles. If this occurs, we will look to address these issues too.

    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 have to have in place an active School Travel Plan 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 crossings. 

    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.

    What will happen with deliveries to the school/my property?

    Any deliveries need to adhere to the school streets closure timings. Deliveries should be scheduled around the school street times.

    Should the closed times be shorter?

    We have worked with the school as well as done multiple vehicle counts to determine the best times for operation. We will be conducting further surveys which may determine whether the timings will need reducing or extending.