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Healthy School Streets

Our Healthy School Streets programme aims to improve the street environment outside schools across the Borough. 

We want to make sure that children breathe cleaner air, are safe from cars near school gates and to make it pleasant to walk and cycle to school. This will help us create active and healthy communities with people enjoying their neighborhoods.

​Current consultations 

Please note that the schools listed below are part of the pilot scheme:


What is the Healthy School Streets programme?

The Healthy School Streets programme proposes a series of interventions outside of schools to improve air quality, and encourage more families to make journeys to school on foot or by bike.

In August 2019, we will be installing air quality monitoring devices outside all 96 schools in the Borough to monitor levels of air pollution and to determine which schools are impacted the most. We will then work with local schools to consider how we can improve the street environment outside their school.

This could include:
  • ​​Improving footways and pedestrian crossings, and placing drop kerbs at desirable locations
  • Improving cycle routes and cycle facilities
  • Introducing timed road closures near school entrances at pick-up and drop-off times
  • Providing more planted areas around schools
  • Installing green planted screens to shield school entrances or playgrounds from emissions
  • Setting up a ‘walking bus’ programme where local children walk together to school, accompanied by a responsible adult.


Why are Healthy School Streets being proposed?

The purpose of our Healthy School Streets programme is to:
  • ​Improve local air quality near the school
  • To make it pleasant to walk and cycle to school to encourage more people to walk and cycle instead of driving
  • Make it safer for school children to cross the road by reducing the number of cars parked on the street by reducing the number of conflicts with school run traffic
  • Make the street environment outside of schools more attractive 
  • Reduce  traffic on the road 
  • Make it easier for local residents who drive to enter and exit their street
  • Encourage safer driving
  • Reduce traffic noise by improving the flow of traffic
  • Prevailing conflicts between residents and parents during school run times.   


Which schools are included in the Pilot of the Healthy Schools Streets Programme?

Four of the schools were identified through the London Mayor’s Air Quality Audits as located in areas which exceeded EU guide pollution limits.

The other schools were identified as having significantly high traffic and driver behaviours conflicts/issues. 

The list of schools included in the pilot scheme are listed below:
  • ​Chobham Academy
  • Woodgrange Infants School
  • Godwin Junior School
  • West Ham cofe Primary School
  • Roman Road Primary School
  • Salisbury Primary School
  • Keir Hardy Primary School
  • Carpenters
  • Lathom Junior School.


Which schools will be included in the next phase of the Healthy Schools Streets Programme?

Subject to the outcome of the pilot scheme, we will prioritise schools with the highest pollution levels. 

Schools with significant traffic and driver behaviour issues near the school gates will also be prioritised. 

Please let us know if you are experiencing any issues near your school by emailing us at​   

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