Scheme 1 - School Streets

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As part of our ongoing commitment to improving safety around schools, we have spoken to schools within the Shadwell area. We propose to make the temporary school street on Bigland Street a permanent feature.

Plan of proposed School Street

School Street

School Streets enable streets to be closed to motor vehicles either permanently or during mornings and afternoons on school days to allow children, parents and staff to arrive and leave the schools in a safe and healthy environment whilst encouraging more active travel.

It is proposed that Bigland Street, between Cannon Street Road and Tillman Street, will be closed to motor vehicles between 8.15am to 9.15am in the morning and 3pm to 4pm in the afternoon on school days.

This will allow children, parents, families, and staff to arrive and leave the school in a safe and healthy environment whilst encouraging more active travel.

Why do we need School Streets?

To improve road safety - Unfortunately, children are some of the most vulnerable road users. As part of the School Street we look at the design of the roads and pavements to make it as safe as possible for children on the way to and from school.

To protect children from pollution - Harmful air pollution affects the health and well-being of children. Children’s lung capacity can be reduced by breathing toxic air which can affect all organs in their body and their long term health. Find out more at

To encourage active travel - Busy roads can make it feel unsafe to walk and cycle. We can widen pavements, introduce crossings and calm traffic to allow more children to safely walk, scoot and cycle. Where possible, schools can provide space for storing bikes and scooters safely. Find out more at

How will the school street work?

The School Street will be enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and vehicles entering not exempt, will automatically be issued a penalty charge notice.

Access for residents and businesses of those streets, school staff, blue badge users and carers or families of children with special educational needs (SEND), which will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption. Permits can be requested free of charge online at:

All other vehicles not registered for exemption will not be permitted to enter the School Street between 8.15am to 9.15am and 3pm to 4pm on school days.

All vehicles parked within the School Streets will be permitted to leave the area at all times.

If the proposals are approved, school workshops will be arranged. The design will be developed through workshops to create a design that understands children’s journeys to and from school, air quality impact, health and well-being improvements.

If you would like further information on Tower Hamlets School Streets initiatives, please visit:

Read more about the other proposals on our main page, and have your say by filling in the survey before 11:59pm on Sunday 5 September 2021.

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