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As part of our ongoing commitment to reduce emissions around schools, we are proposing to introduce further School Streets initiatives in the area.
School Streets enable streets to be closed to motor vehicles either permanently or during morning and afternoon times on each school day to allow children, parents, and staff to get to and from school via walking, cycling or scooting in a safe, healthy environment.
Roads outside schools will be closed to motor vehicles between 8:30am to 9:15am in the morning and 3:00pm to 3:45pm in the afternoon. This will enable children and parents to arrive and leave the schools safely and encourage more active travel.
Enforcement of school street restrictions will be done via Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras. Access for residents and businesses of those streets, school staff, blue badge users, SEND pupils and emergency services will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption, which can be requested free of charge using a form online.
St Elizabeth Roman Catholic Primary School
This proposed school street includes the timed closure of Bonner Road to vehicles and permanent closure of Waterloo Garden’s south of Bishops Way to become a public space. This provides a great opportunity for the school cohort to get involved in the design.
We will relocate the 3 parking spaces on this road to Bishop’s Way and use the space to install new secure cycle parking for both residents and students of the school. Overall there will be no net loss of parking across the scheme.
Mowlem Primary School/Children's Centre
We have proposed a School Initiative next to the Bishop’s Way Islamic Centre, which would include a closure of the short stretch of road outside the centre just off Bishop’s Way, as well as a proposed cycle hangar. These proposals will aid current social distancing guidelines outside the school for pick up and drop off times.
St John's Church of England Primary School
We are proposing the closure to part of Peel Grove to vehicles with public realm improvements, street lighting and new cycle parking to provide a safe and pleasant space for parents, caregivers and students.
Emergency access to the school will be retained and the existing disabled bays relocated to Old Ford Road.
Bonner Primary School
As part of Tower Hamlets School Streets programme outside Bonner Primary School, Hunslett Street, Hartley Street (west section and section from school to dead end) and Stainsbury Street will be made pedestrian and cycle only zones between 8.30am - 9.15am and 3.00pm - 3.45pm on school days. Hartley Street and Stainsbury Street will be made one-way northbound for vehicles to allow space for footway widening, trees to be planted and contraflow cycling permitted.
Please make sure you fill out the survey to have your say.
If you would like further information on other Tower Hamlets School Streets initiatives, please visit the Tower Hamlets School Streets page.