How does a School Street work?
A School Street is a timed street closure during drop-off and pick-up times outside a school. Usually these last for 1-1.5hrs at the start and end of the school day, tailored to each school’s start and finish times.
The School Streets will operate Monday-Friday during term times.
Only people walking or cycling, and those with a specific vehicle exemption permit will be eligible to enter the zone. Anyone else driving into the zone during the stated times will receive a fine. You do not need to have an exemption permit to exit from the School Street.
There are 2 ways that we are operating the School Streets - find out more below.
Volunteer-led School Streets
Some School Streets will be operated by volunteers who are members of the school community. They will extend a barrier across the street while the School Street is in operation and marshal the barrier to allow permitted vehicles into and out of the street.
To support the volunteers, enforcement officers sometimes help to monitor compliance.
Camera-enforced School Streets
These School Streets will not physically block access to motor vehicles, instead, they will be monitored using Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (ANPR). These cameras monitor the number plates of the vehicles that drive into the street and administer fines if the vehicle is not registered for a permit. The penalty charge issued for driving into a School Street is £130, reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.
To find out more about your local school, and to see your school’s School Street operating times visit School Street locations.
School Street signs
Traffic signs are the main method of communication for any traffic scheme. The size, type and position of traffic signs are defined by national regulations (external link).
When introducing School Streets, the council will generally exceed what is required by the regulations. Generally, we will install two “pedestrian and cycle zone” (mandatory) signs at each School Street entrance point as well as a variety of (advisory) map-based advance warning signs, text-based information signs and camera enforcement warning signs.
In addition to on-street traffic signs, we will inform the public via:
- letter drop
- statutory notification
- social media
- updates to navigation apps (Google Maps, Waze, etc.)
- messaging from the schools
- on-street banners and posters
All of the above are designed to help communicate the existence of the traffic restriction and far exceed what is required by the regulations.
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