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School Streets

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has committed to delivering 50 School Streets by 2022.

We want to create areas where children can safely walk or wheel to and from school.

Gill Mills St Pauls Way Primary School

School streets aim to encourage activity, reduce pollution and help growth, learning and development.

Each school will have different proposals but all will feature greenery to improve air quality and the environment for everyone.

Staff, residents and businesses will be able to access the area while making it safer and quieter for the school and the community.

For streets with timed closures, residents and businesses can apply for a school street permit to retain access at all times.

Changes could include:

  • bike and scooter storage
  • wider pavements and safer crossings
  • restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
  • tree planting to offer shelter and extra greenery
  • green walls to filter air and create attractive spaces
  • clean air gardens to learn about nature and improve the environment.

The first School Streets to be implemented in autumn 2020 will be:

  • Ben Jonson Primary and Harry Roberts Nursery, Stepney Green – road closures to motor vehicles (except residents) at drop-off and pick-up times
  • Blue Gate Fields Junior, Shadwell – new zebra crossing
  • Elizabeth Selby Infants and Lawdale Junior, Bethnal Green – Old Bethnal Green Road filters to reduce through-traffic, changes in Pollard Street outside school gates to follow
  • English Martyrs Primary, Whitechapel – improved pavements, one-way system and road closures to motor vehicles (except residents) at drop-off and pick-up times
  • Globe Town Primary, Bethnal Green - road closures to motor vehicles (except residents) at drop-off and pick-up times
  • Malmesbury Primary, Bow - road closures to motor vehicles (except residents) at drop-off and pick-up times

Temporary measures will be implemented near 30 other schools to improve road safety around school entrances and exits.

The next phase of schemes going to consultation later this year include:

  • Bonner Primary, Bethnal Green
  • Cubitt Town Primary
  • Harry Gosling Primary, Whitechapel
  • John Scurr Primary, Stepney
  • Kobi Nazrul Primary, Whitechapel
  • Old Palace Primary, Bromley-by-Bow
  • St Luke's Primary/Canary Wharf College, Isle of Dogs

To discuss an active consultation, contact the School Streets team.

Future schemes will be prioritised according to the following criteria:

  • Air quality audits
  • School Travel Plan status / STARS accreditation
  • Potential for travel mode shift
  • Risk assessment for school crossing patrols
  • Current road safety complaints
  • In target area for Low Traffic Neighbourhood/Public Health Schools Superzones
  • Ringfenced funding availability
  • Participation in cycle training / Bikeability 
  • School readiness to participate

You can speak to your child's school about the School Travel Plan and check their STARS accreditation status.

STARS

Transport for London run an accreditation scheme to inspire young Londoners to travel to school sustainably and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.

The Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe scheme is open to all London schools and nurseries with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to recognise efforts to encourage sustainable travel.

Breathe Clean

Find out more about pollution and local air quality in the Breathe Clean section.

Cycling in Tower Hamlets

Find out more about cycling locally in the cycling section.

Free and discounted public transport

Find out more about school travel support for students in London.

Liveable Streets 

The Liveable Streets programme aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces in neighbourhoods across the borough and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport. Find out more on the Liveable Streets page.

Play Streets 

To help all our residents live healthier and happier lives, particularly the youngest in our borough, we've made it possible to apply to close a street for a short time to let children play.

Find out more on the Play Streets page.