One quarter of London’s morning peak hour traffic is made up of families on the school run. In Ealing, 84% of primary school aged children live within one mile of their school. This distance takes approximately 20 minutes to walk or 5 minutes to cycle. The health benefits of active travel are well documented. With 39% of Ealing’s Year 6 pupils obese or overweight*, it is more important than ever for children to be using active travel to get to school each day. Public Health England guidance recommends 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity for children of this age group. The school journey is a good way to help children achieve this using active travel. School Streets enable more children to choose active travel for their school journey. Ealing Council are working to deliver school streets, making active travel easier, safer and with better quality air for communities across the borough.
What is a School Street?
School Streets are time-limited, access restriction to streets around schools. Traffic is restricted from entering the designated area during the closure. This reduces congestion, makes the roads safer to cross and the environment more pleasant for the whole community. Access is maintained for residents and businesses within the closure, cyclists and vehicles that have been approved by Ealing Council.
What have we done so far?
Ealing’s first School Streets will be operational by September 2020. Perivale Primary and St John Fisher Catholic schools will both have School Streets to support the children in their community to arrive at school on streets that are not congested with traffic, especially the area near the school gates. This will make it safer for families to choose to walk or cycle to school. Almost 80% of those consulted about the School Street agreed or strongly agreed that the School Street was a good idea.
How is it enforced?
The School Street is enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras. Any vehicle that does not have approval to access the School Street will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
Who can access the School Street?
Access to the School Street is limited to residents and businesses within the designated area, blue badge holders and other approved vehicles. They must all apply to register their vehicle to enter the closure without penalty. Other vehicles, entering the School Street during operational hours will be issued with a PCN. Please apply for a permit. Permits are issued at no cost to the applicant.
How can I get involved?
If your school would like to be considered for a School Street, or would like a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) please contact Ealing Council’s school travel team firstname.lastname@example.org.