School Streets

The council has introduced timed closures on streets around schools in the borough to make the journey to school safer for pupils.

School Streets FAQs

Are there any exemptions?

Vehicles that are registered to a resident or business address within the School Street closure zone are eligible for exemption

Blue Badge holders who require access, including Blue Badge holders of the school (pupils, parents, staff), are able to nominate two vehicles for exemption permits which will allow them to enter the zone during the times of operation.

Lambeth Council encourages exempted vehicles to enter and leave the School Street with caution and only where absolutely necessary to ensure that vehicle numbers are kept to a minimum.

There will be no impediment to emergency service vehicles.

Vehicles that are not eligible for exemption include:

  • Trades people
  • Contractors
  • Visitors
  • Parents and school staff
  • Delivery drivers
  • Drivers who do not live in the school street zone but who do have a local resident's parking permit

What if I'm already parked inside the School Street zone when it comes into operation? 

All vehicles parked in the School Street zone before the times of operation will be able to exit if needed.

I'm a parent or carer, can I enter the School Street zone? 

No. Parents or carers dropping children at school will not be able to enter the School Street zone. You can only enter if you or your child are a blue badge holder. You will be able to walk, cycle or scoot to school in a more friendly and safe environment.

Why was the School Street location chosen? 

School Streets have been chosen to:

  • create safer and more pleasant environments that help to encourage increased walking, cycling and active lifestyles for children and their families
  • enable effective social distancing in the area outside of the school by reclaiming space and creating protected walking/cycling zones
  • Tackle congestion and improve road safety by reducing risk from motorised vehicles
  • Reduce pollution in the immediate area, including NO2 and particulate matter, which adversely affect young people’s health and their lung development
  • Address speed and volume of traffic on roads by restricting rat-running
  • Minimise inconsiderate parking and dangerous manoeuvres outside the school

How long will the scheme last? 

New School Streets were initially implemented on a trial basis with a six-month informal engagement period, running between 2 September 2020 and 2 March 2021.

These 19 School Streets are now being implemented on an Experimental Traffic Order. This will initiate a six-month formal consultation period, during which the schemes will be monitored and feedback will be collected.

The Experimental Traffic Order is operational for up to 18 months. Feedback and monitoring captured in the first six months of the Traffic Order will be used when deciding whether to make the schemes permanent.

A live date for the Experimental Traffic Order will be announced shortly. Local residents and businesses will be written to ahead of this and details will be updated on this page.

Need more help?

For further information please contact schoolstreets@lambeth.gov.uk