What School Streets aims to do
The School Streets schemes aim to:
- assist with physical distancing requirements by reducing the street space which motor vehicles occupy
- safer roads for everyone - improve road safety for children and others who use the street, by creating a more walking and cycling friendly street
- give children the chance to get to school ‘actively’, which helps them stay healthy
- provide a more pleasant environment for the local community
As we ease out of lockdown, making our streets safer and more pleasant will help to build confidence for the return to school.
How long the scheme will last
The scheme will start on September 4 2020.
How long the scheme is in place will depend on the trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic. You will be able to check updates on this webpage. The scheme will be reviewed after six months and the traffic order can last for a maximum of 18 months. We will monitor the impact of the measures and listen to feedback from residents, businesses, parents/carers and the school.
People who won't be affected by the restrictions
The temporary access restrictions will not apply to:
- residents who live on the street
- Blue Badge holders
- doctors & care visitors to residents in the street
- business owners with premises in the street
- school staff, or others accessing on-premises parking
- emergency services
- contract school transport
- businesses making deliveries
However, we are asking any drivers permitted to enter the scheme to try and time their arrivals and departures outside of the closure times. This will reduce the number of vehicles accessing the street while families are arriving at or leaving school.
Any parking restrictions will operate as normal.
We ask that the following examples of people entering the restricted areas be arranged outside of the scheme's operation times. However in instances where this is completely impossible, they will be allowed access.
- deliveries to business premises
- home removal lorries
- tradespeople needing to come to properties to carry out work
- personal deliveries
Local and national context for the schemes
Relevant national context
On 9 May 2020 the UK Government published statutory guidance for 'reallocating road space in response to Covid -19'. This guidance advises local authorities to reallocate road space through measures such as School Streets in order to:
- encourage cycling and walking
- enable social distancing
As a result, hundreds of School Streets schemes have already started nationally, or are planned to start from September.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) has significantly changed travel patterns and the way people are using roads in Brighton & Hove. We have seen an increase in the number of people cycling for pleasure and exercise, there are fewer journeys being made by car and more of us are choosing to walk, rather than drive short distances. We expect this to continue.
To help address this situation, on 14 May 2020 the council agreed a ‘Covid-19 – Urgent Response Transport Action Plan’ which was reviewed and updated at the Environment, Transport & Sustainability committee on 23 June 2020. This included a commitment to implement a programme of School Streets in the city.
With the full reopening of schools in September 2020, and to support the continuing need for physical distancing, the council has made the decision to implement emergency traffic restrictions that will prevent non-resident vehicles from entering roads near suitable schools at opening and closing times.
How School Streets support physical distancing
The scheme will provide a low traffic area, making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to use the road space and enable physical distancing. With schools taking various other measures to address physical distancing, the additional measure of a School Street will enable more children to safely attend school, especially older more independent pupils who travel on their own and may be fearful of the volumes of traffic and normal congestion at the school gates.
Schools participating in School Streets from September 2020
The list of schools participating in School Streets from the beginning of the new school year September 2020 is as follows:
|Closure start date||Closure times|
7 September 2020
8.50am to 9.35am
Somerhill Rd - Somerhill Ave To Lansdowne Road
|7 September 2020||
8.20am to 9.40am
2.35pm to 3.40pm
St Luke's Primary
Queens Park Rise between St Lukes Terrace and Queens Pk Terrace
|7 September 2020||
8.30am to 9.25am
2.40am to 3.30pm
Grantham Road (Ditchling Road to Edburton Ave)
|14 September 2020||8.25am to 9.05am|
|St Nicolas CE Primary||Highlands Road, west of Fairfield Gardens
(Including Park Close and George Williams Mews)
|1 March 2021||8am to 10am
2pm to 4pm
Letters have been sent to residents and businesses in the streets concerned.
How the scheme works, when it starts, times of restrictions and how long it will continue for
Specific streets around the participating schools will temporarily introduce a no motor vehicle access restriction at set times in the morning and afternoon. Motor vehicles will not be allowed to enter the street during the times of operation unless they have been from one of the exempted groups (see below).
Signs and barriers at the entrances to the scheme will inform drivers of the restriction. Advanced warning signs will be installed where necessary. Marshals at the barriers will ask vehicle drivers to provide proof they are permitted to enter the street and will allow authorised vehicle to enter.
When will the scheme start?
The scheme will be introduced at a number of streets near schools across the city from 4 September 2020, although the closure may only start on 7 September depending on the school’s term start date.
What times will the restrictions apply?
The School Street schemes will operate for set periods in the mornings and afternoons as children are arriving at school and leaving school. The operating times will depend on the school but will be approximately 30-60 minutes in the morning and 30-60 minutes in the afternoon. This will vary from school to school but will be within the windows of 8-10 am and 2-4pm to allow schools to operate staggered start times, but barriers will only be placed in the road when necessary. The restrictions will be operated in partnership with the school. The specific times for the closures for each school will be available on this webpage at the start of the school term in September 2020,
The School Street schemes will operate Monday – Friday term-time only and won’t operate at weekends or during school holidays.
How long will the scheme continue?
This will depend on the trajectory of the Civid-19 pandemic. You will be able to check updates on this webpage. The scheme will be reviewed after six months and the traffic order can last for a maximum of 18 months. We will monitor the impact of the measures and listen to feedback from residents, businesses, parents/carers and the school.
Frequently Asked Questions
For residents living on a school street
Can I drive in and out of my street during operating times?
Yes, residents’ vehicles will be permitted to enter and leave the designated School Street during operating times. Residents will receive a letter to show to the barrier marshal as proof they live in the street, or they can show another proof of address such as a driving licence. However, we are asking residents to try and time their arrivals and departures outside of the closure times. This will reduce the number of vehicles accessing the street while families are arriving at or leaving school. We are also asking residents to drive at walking pace (approx.5mph) if they need to drive through the street during the restricted times.
What about carers visiting a resident for care purposes?
Carers can enter and leave the scheme at any time to carry out their caring duties, without penalty. They will need to show their work ID to the marshals on the barrier. If the caring responsibilities are for a friend or family member, please let the marshal know at the barrier.
What about deliveries?
We are asking residents to try to schedule deliveries so they arrive outside the restricted times. If this is not possible, delivery drivers will be permitted to enter the zone without penalty.
What about tradespeople needing to come to my house to carry out work?
We are asking residents to try to schedule tradespeople so they arrive outside the restricted times. If this is not possible, tradespeople visiting a residents’ house to carry out work will be permitted to enter the zone without penalty.
What about home removal lorries?
We are asking residents to try to schedule removal lorry movements so they arrive and depart outside the restricted times. If this is not possible, removal lorries working on a residents’ house will be permitted to enter the zone without penalty.
What about visitors?
We are asking visitors to try and time their arrivals and departures outside of the closure times. Once the barriers are up we will ask them to park further away unless they are blue badge holders, or visiting for caring reasons.
However, if they enter the restricted area before the restriction start time, they can leave the street at any time.
For businesses trading from a School Street, or tradespeople visiting residents
Can I drive in and out of the School Street during closure times?
Yes, vehicles of people working at a business premises in the street will be permitted to enter and leave the designated School Street during operating times. Businesses will receive a letter to show to the barrier marshal as proof they have a premises in the street, or they can show another proof of business address. However, we are asking businesses to try and time their arrivals and departures outside of the closure times. This will reduce the number of vehicles accessing the street while families are arriving at or leaving school. We are also asking people to drive at walking pace (approx.5mph) if they need to drive through the street during the restricted times.
What about deliveries to my business premises?
We are asking businesses to try to schedule deliveries so they arrive outside the restricted times, if possible. If this is not possible, delivery drivers will be permitted to enter the zone without penalty.
What about visitors coming to my business premises?
We are asking visitors to try and time their arrivals and departures outside of the closure times. However, if they enter the restricted area before the restriction start time then they can leave the street at any time, without penalty.
For anyone else (who is not a resident or business trading in the street, or visiting tradespeople)
As a Blue Badge holder, can I enter the School Street?
Yes, you are permitted to enter and leave the School Street if you are a Blue Badge holder. Marshals at the barriers will be able to let you in or out. The Blue Badge must be shown to the marshals.
What about Access to places of worship for weddings, funerals and other religious services?
For funerals, Hearses and vehicles carrying mourners in the immediate family will be admitted. The same will apply to vehicles for Bridal parties and those officiating at other services. Funeral mourners, Wedding guests or Congregation members who are not Blue Badge holders will be asked to park further away.
Will school staff be allowed to enter the School Street?
If the school has on-premises parking, school staff will be permitted to enter the School Street during the timed restrictions to access the parking. However, we are asking staff to avoid doing this if possible, and to arrive and leave the on-premises parking outside the times the restrictions are in place.
If the school is in a Controlled Parking Zone, school staff will not be permitted to enter the scheme during the timed restrictions even if they have a business parking permit for the zone.
If the school is not in a Controlled Parking Zone, we are asking school staff to time their arrivals and departures outside of the closure times.
For parents/carers taking their children to school
As a parent/carer, can I drive into the School Street?
During the restricted times, parents or carers will not be allowed to enter the School Street in their vehicles, unless you or your child are a Blue Badge holder, your child is a Compass Card holder and attends that specific school as a pupil, are a resident of the School Street or have a business premises in the street. You will still be able to walk, cycle or scoot to school.
For drivers who do not live or work on the School Street
The vehicles that are not permitted to enter the scheme during restricted times include:
- General visitors to residents
- Parents/carers taking their children to school (unless they live in the street or they or their child are a Blue Badge holder or Compass Card holder)
- Business and school employees without on-premises parking
What if I am already parked inside the scheme when it comes into operation?
Other drivers who want to access the School Street must arrive outside the hours of operation, or they can temporarily park outside the zone and then move their vehicle once the timed restrictions end.
All vehicles already parked in the scheme before the times of operation will be able to leave when they need to, without penalty.
What other motor vehicles are allowed in the scheme?
Emergency services and contract school transport vehicles dropping or picking up pupils from the school or their home address if it is within a School Street scheme. We are asking removal firms to try to arrive and depart outside restricted times. If this is not possible, removal lorries working on a residents’ house will be permitted to enter the zone without penalty.
Enforcing the scheme
In most Local Authorities the School Streets closure is enforced by the police, road signs and a Traffic Regulation Order.
A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) may be issued to vehicles parked in contravention of road traffic regulations. They level of the penalty will vary according to the type of contravention. Please park legally and safely.
Cordoning off School Keep Clears (SKCs)
We are putting up barriers outside school gates at a small number of schools from the start of the school term in September. They will be put up around the perimeter of the yellow Zig-Zag markings or School Keep Clears (SKCs).
The SKC yellow zig-zag markings will be repainted further out into the road around the temporary barriers.
In some locations, parking restrictions opposite these extended pedestrian spaces will be needed. This is to ensure the flow of two-way traffic can continue. This will be achieved by parking bay suspensions or single yellow lines depending on whether the school is in a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) or not.
The no stopping restrictions on the SKCs will remain in place and will continue to be enforceable.
No vehicles, including vehicles showing a Disabled Person’s Blue Badge, are permitted to stop within the area of the markings during the times and dates the restriction is in force, even for picking up or setting down of passengers.
No loading or unloading within this restricted area is permitted during the specified times.
The enforceable times are displayed on signs next to the SKCs.
Residents and businesses next to the affected SKCs have been notified of the changes by letter.
We will be reviewing the impact of these changes on a regular basis and take advice from the schools.
Where the temporary arrangements are working, water filled barriers will be replaced with temporary kerbs and tarmac infill. This will create one continuous level of pavement surface from the back of the original pavement right out to the new kerb line.
The restrictions will remain in place for the trajectory of the pandemic. Extra lining outside the CPZ will be enforced by the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO). This can remain in force for up to 18 months from 4 September 2020.
Cordoned off area of SKC
Changes to parking restrictions and parking spaces
Northern section of SKCs on Balfour Road - opposite numbers 146 to 154
None needed. Road is wide enough to allow for two-way traffic.
SKCs east of the build out, crossing point, on Ladies Mile Road
A single yellow line opposite the length of SKCs will be added to the road to prevent parking. This will ensure there is enough road width for traffic including buses to pass the extended footway in both directions.
Both sets of SKCs on Stanford Road
9 parking spaces and the motorcycle parking bay opposite both lengths of the SKCs on Stanford Road will be suspended to ensure that traffic can pass the extended footway in both directions.
What are permanent School Streets?
School Streets are permanent short-time closures of a street or streets close to or immediately outside a school, at the beginning and end of the school day. The closures are term-time only. Motor vehicles are not allowed to enter the School Street during the closure times, with some exemptions. Some roads won’t be eligible for a School Streets scheme, for example if they are on a bus route.
In the UK, there are several towns and cities that have trialled successful School Streets, including Edinburgh, Solihull, Southampton and the London Borough of Hackney. Hackney has produced a School Streets Toolkit explaining how and why they have developed their School Streets programme.
Many School Streets begin with a one-day trial closure. This is a useful way to show residents, businesses and the school community what a permanent closure could look and feel like, and is a good way to build support for the idea. If this is successful, then the School Street could have a longer ‘experimental’ trial period, usually for 6-18 months. This usually starts with a local consultation. The scheme would then be monitored over the period of the ‘experimental’ closure, and evaluated. If successful, the experimental School Street may then become permanent.
Why have School Streets?
The main aim of a School Street is to reduce the amount of traffic on streets around a school. There are many benefits, including:
- reducing congestion
- improving road safety, including ‘feeling’ safe
- reducing air pollution
These benefits help to encourage families to walk, scoot or cycle to school, making the area immediately outside the school healthier for all.
How School Streets are enforced and who is exempt
In most Local Authorities the School Streets closure is enforced by the police, road signs and a Traffic Regulation Order.
Residents and businesses are usually exempt from the restrictions. Other exemptions usually include Blue Badge holders, emergency services and school transport providers. However most school staff are not exempt. People who are exempt are issued with a permit to display inside their vehicle.
If you drive into a School Street without a permit, during the timed-closure period, you may receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
School Streets in Brighton and Hove We currently have no School Streets in the city. We have had one trial ‘School Streets Day’ at St. Luke’s Primary School, in partnership with Sustrans. At the January 2020 Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee funding was approved for one trial School Street to be in place by February 2021. We have developed a set of School Streets selection criteria (249KB) which were approved by the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee and will therefore be used to help decide which school will be selected for this first trial. Due to the funding timescale we are only considering those schools which have already expressed an interest in School Streets for the trial. Any future School Streets programme across the city will depend on funding and the outcome of the trial.
Traffic Regulation Orders
There are two Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) for the School Streets closures and changes to parking restrictions & parking spaces opposite School Keep Clears
The details of the ETROs are on our Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) proposals webpage: TRO numbers TRO-18-2020 and TRO-19-2020.
Give your views on the School Streets scheme
If you have any comments about the scheme or the ETROs please either:
Comment on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order for:
- St Nicolas CE Primary School, Downs Junior School and Brunswick Primary School
- St Luke’s Primary School
Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for comments is 22 August 2021.
Comments will then be reported to the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee within 18 months of the start of the schemes.
For more information on School Streets in the city please send an email to the School Streets team email@example.com’
Westdene School Streets taster day
About the taster day
As part of our School Streets programme, and in partnership with Westdene Primary School, the School Streets team organised a one-day School Streets ‘taster day’ on Thursday 27 May 2021 between 8am and 4pm.
A traffic order restricted non-residents vehicles from entering the section of Barn Rise between Dene Vale and Bankside where the school entrance is located..
This taster day aimed to create a less traffic congested and safer area for everyone, as well as encourage families to travel to school more actively. This also gave parents and carers, pupils, school staff and residents the opportunity to experience the benefits of a calmer street.
Removeable barriers marshalled by volunteers and council staff were placed at the locations shown on the map. The traffic free area was used by school children who took part in various activities such as cycle training and an air quality workshop.
The School Streets team monitored traffic in surrounding roads and assessed the impact of this trial. Surveys were conducted amongst local residents as well as parents and children.
Read our news story for more information. Rave reviews for Westdene School Streets Taster Day.