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School Streets are  school led initiative to improve road safety and air quality around schools for pupils, residents, parents and staff. 

What are School Streets? Click to get info

School Streets are an initiative to create safer streets for everyone by reducing traffic congestion and improving local air quality. School Streets involve temporarily closing one or more roads surrounding a school to most vehicles for a short period at the start and end of the school day. Restrictions should have the following benefits for the school community and residents

  • Improved road safety for all road users
  • A reduction in anti-social behaviour from inconsiderate parking and dangerous vehicle movements
  • Less vehicles on the school run, which will reduce traffic and make it easier for pupils, parents, carers and staff to walk, scoot and cycle to school
  • Improved air quality around the school gates due to reduced vehicle idling

A street or several streets around a school temporarily become a pedestrian and cyclist only zone at set times in the morning and afternoon during term time only (not including bank holidays). Motor vehicles are not permitted to enter the street during the specified times unless they have a valid exemption.

Any vehicle already inside the School Street Zone when the restriction begins will be able to leave without charge.

Emergency services, residents, businesses and blue badge holders are exempt from the restriction. Please see below for more details on exemptions.

Schemes are enforced using Vehicle Registration Mark cameras. Cameras are placed at the entrance of affected roads. Restrictions are supported by legal Traffic Management Orders and any vehicles that are not exempt but travel into the zone will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). The cost of the PCN will be £130, which will be reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.

How long will School Street schemes be in place?

School Streets are initially introduced as a trial and will be reviewed after a period of six to nine months. If the trial period is deemed successful, the scheme can be made permanent by the introduction of a permanent Traffic Management Order.

Who is eligible for an exemption?

  • Residents within the School Street zone;
  • Businesses and their staff located in the School Street zone;
  • School staff (at some locations);
  • Blue Badge holders (this can apply for the holder, or for a third party on behalf of the holder) who require access to an address in the closure area;
  • Registered carers for residents in the School Street zone;
  • Vehicles providing residents of the affected roads with transport to medical appointments;
  • Volunteers delivering food/medical supplies to residents who are shielding/self-isolating due to COVID-19.;
  • Emergency services;
  • Council waste services;
  • Local buses

Resident and businesses on affected roads who have vehicles with a valid parking permit will have their vehicles automatically exempted. 

Residents and businesses in the closure area who have vehicles that do not have a valid, current parking permit will need to apply for an exemption. All other exemptions can be made within 24 hours of submitting an exemption request if the request is made during working hours, Monday to Friday. Requests made on a Friday may not be processed until the following Monday. You can make a request via the two following methods

  • Use the online form below under “How to apply for the permit”
  • Send evidence of proof of address or proof of employment at a business within the closure, alongside evidence of vehicle ownership and any other appropriate documents (e.g. blue badge) area to parking.services@walthamforest.gov.uk

Vehicles not permitted in the School Street zone

Vehicles listed below will not be granted any exemptions

  • Drivers who do have a valid CPZ permit, but are not a resident of the road
  • Visitors
  • Parents
  • Delivery and trade vehicles

Apply for a School Street permit online

Please note the vehicle that you are applying for the exemption for must be registered to your address, or a valid reason why it is not must be detailed when applying.

SC1: George Mitchell Primary School

Roads included within the School Street zone:

  • Byron Road, E10 

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8.30am and 9.15am, and 3pm and 3.45pm

Live from Monday 23 September 2019.

SC2: Willow Brook Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School and Riverley Primary School 

Roads included within the School Street zone:

  • Marsh Lane, E10

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only, between 8.15am and 9.15am and 3pm and 4pm.

Live from Monday 23 September 2019.

SC3: Henry Maynard Primary School

Roads included within the School Street zone:

  • Comely Bank Road
  • Brunswick Street
  • Wilson Street
  • Addison Road (east of the junction with Ravenswood Road)
  • Ravenswood Road (the restriction starts after the entry to the medical practice to allow patients to still have vehicle access)
  • Maynard Road
  • Barclay Road (the short section that leads onto Maynard Road).

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only, between 8.30am and 9.15am and 3pm and 4pm.

Live from Monday 8 June 2020.

SC4: The Jenny Hammond Primary School

Roads included within the School Street zone:

  • Cary Road
  • Elsham Road
  • Worsley Road.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8.30am and 9.30am and 3pm and 4pm

Live from Monday 14 September 2020.

SC5: Davies Lane Primary School

Roads included within the School Street zone:

  • Barclay Road
  • Mornington Road
  • Michael Road
  • Bushwood (between Mornington Road and the modal filter at the junction with Stanmore Road)
  • Lister Road (east of the junction with Pastures Path)
  • Davies Lane (east of the junction with Pastures Path)
  • Cotton Close
  • Ferndale Road
  • Malvern Road
  • Montague Road (between the junction with Ferndale Road and the junction with Malvern Road).  

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8:30am and 9:15am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm.

Live from Monday 21 September 2020.

SC6: George Tomlinson Primary School

Roads included within the School Street zone:

  • Harold Road
  • Vernon Road (west of the MOT Mechanics MOT Service Garage)
  • Harrington Road
  • Burghley Road.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8:30am and 9:30am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm.

Live from Monday 21 September 2020.

SC7: Hillyfield Primary Academy (Hill Site) 

Roads included within the School Street zone:

  • Oatland Rise
  • Higham Place
  • Higham Street (Between Chamberlain Place and Higham Hill Road).

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8:15am and 9:00am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm. 

Live from Monday 21 September 2020.

SC8: Hillyfield Primary Academy (Park Site) 

Roads included within the School Street zone:

  • Aveling Park Road
  • Cazenove Road (west of the entrance of Two Way Hire Ltd)
  • Marten Road.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only between 8:15am and 9:00am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm. 

Live from Monday 21 September 2020.

SC9: South Grove Primary School

Roads included within the School Street zone:

  • Ashford Close
  • Ringwood Road
  • Gosport Road (between Ringwood Road and the modal filter on Gosport Road)
  • Betts Mews
  • Callis Road
  • Campus Road
  • Tennyson Road.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, term time only, between 8:15am and 9:00am and 2:45pm and 3:30pm

Live from Monday 21 September 2020.

School Streets feedback Click to get info

We welcome feedback and want to work with residents, businesses and the school community to ensure that the School Streets benefit everyone.

Please contact us by emailing schoolstreets@walthamforest.gov.uk if you need further information on any of the schemes, need assistance applying for an exemption or permit, would like to provide feedback on an existing scheme, or would like to suggest a location for a new School Streets scheme.