Wandsworth boasts third highest number of inner London’s ‘School Streets’

Published: Thursday, November 19, 2020

New research by two leading environmental lobby and pressure groups shows that Wandsworth has the third highest number of School Street projects in inner London.

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Data collated jointly by campaign groups Mums for Lungs and the Healthy Streets coalition - a group of transport, health, road safety and environment campaigners – shows that Wandsworth has the eighth highest number of school streets across all 33 London boroughs and the City - meaning more parents and children in Wandsworth are able to enjoy traffic-free drop-offs and pick-ups outside the school gates.

In inner London only Islington and Hackney have a greater number of these schemes, which are designed to make the journeys to and from schools safer and quieter, while also helping to improve air quality.

The initiative sees the roads containing school entrances closed to vehicle traffic when pupils arrive in the mornings and leave in the afternoons.

Residents and businesses who live and work on a School Street are given access as are Blue Badge holders. Vehicles already parked there before the hours of operation come into effect can also leave without being penalised or impeded. The schemes do not operate in the school holidays or at weekends.

Working in partnership with schools and local communities School Streets are now in place at 18 primary schools across the borough with others in the pipeline. The list includes Albemarle, Hotham, Our Lady of Victories, Hillbrook, Penwortham, Earlsfield, Furzedown, Allfarthing, Broadwater, Sellincourt, Shaftesbury Park, Belleville Wix, Falconbrook, Granard, Honeywell, St Anselm's, Sacred Heart (Battersea) and Westbridge.

The council’s education spokesman Cllr Will Sweet said: “We have a good record on implementing school streets and it has made roads calmer, quieter and less congested outside our schools.

"We’d like to thank the school staff and volunteers that have helped create safer and healthier environments for children and their parents on their journeys to and from school.”

And cabinet member for transport Cllr John Locker added: “We have one of the best records in inner London for introducing school streets. Reducing the impact of vehicle traffic and encouraging parents and children to walk or cycle to school are key priorities for the council.

“Where we have put them in place they have removed traffic and prevented vehicle idling outside school entrances which should have a positive impact on local air quality levels.”