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School Streets

Introducing better, safer and greener streets around school gates

BCP Council is currently running a series of School Street pilot schemes outside four suitable locations.

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What are School Streets?

A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic and parking. Restrictions are limited to short periods at peak school drop-off and pick-up times only. The restriction applies to school traffic and through traffic, but there can be exemptions for residents of the street, blue badge holders and for other essential purposes.

Other local authorities across the country have already successfully implemented School Streets. 

Benefits of School Streets

By closing the road directly outside a school, we can help to reduce road danger and improve air quality locally.  This will also help to encourage more people to choose to walk, cycle, wheel or scoot for at least part of the school run.

This will reduce congestion at peak times and improve the health and wellbeing of young people. It will also provide a safer and more accessible space for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

This initiative will help to ensure brighter futures for young people. It will also complement our wider Transforming Travel programme and declared climate and ecological emergency goals.

Share you views on your local school street

Our School Streets pilot schemes are subject to a formal public consultation and implementation process. Parents, carers, residents, businesses and schools are now able to have their say on their local pilot. All views will be taken into consideration before any changes are made permanent.

Pilots have launched at the following schools, each will operate for approximately six months.

These schools have been selected specifically to ensure there is minimal impact on the wider network. Please take the time to experience our pilots first hand before submitting your feedback.

We are not currently able to accept applications for additional School Street pilots. Following the initial pilot taking place next year, future trials may be considered.

Funding

BCP Council was awarded funding from the Department for Transport to secure a temporary Sustrans School Streets Officer, to help engage with the school communities and deliver these pilot schemes.