School Streets

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What are School Streets?

School Streets are pioneering schemes to transform roads outside schools, so that pedestrians and cyclists can use them safely at school start and finish times.

We want to create areas where children can safely walk or wheel to and from school. School Streets aim to encourage activity, reduce pollution and help growth, learning and development. Each school will have different proposals, but all will aim to reduce air pollution at the school gate. Staff, residents and businesses will still be able to access the area while making it safer and quieter for the school and the

What are School Streets?

School Streets are pioneering schemes to transform roads outside schools, so that pedestrians and cyclists can use them safely at school start and finish times.

We want to create areas where children can safely walk or wheel to and from school. School Streets aim to encourage activity, reduce pollution and help growth, learning and development. Each school will have different proposals, but all will aim to reduce air pollution at the school gate. Staff, residents and businesses will still be able to access the area while making it safer and quieter for the school and the community.

Why do we need School Streets?

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

Protect children from pollution Harmful air pollution affects the health and wellbeing of children and most schools in Tower Hamlets are exposed to motor vehicle traffic fumes. Children’s lung capacity can be reduced by breathing toxic air which can affect all organs in their body and their long-term health. Green walls, trees and gardens can absorb noise and pollution with some roads outside schools closed to traffic at drop-off and pick-up times. Find out more about our Breathe Clean campaign.

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 on the Tower Hamlets website.

Have your say

We'd love to hear your views on the fourth and fifth phases of School Streets proposals:

  • Globe Primary School
  • Kobi Nazrul Primary School
  • Manorfield Primary School
  • Old Palace Primary School
  • Our Lady and St. Joseph Catholic Primary School
  • Bygrove, Lansbury Lawrence and Mayflower Primary Schools
  • St. Luke's Primary School and Canary Wharf College
  • Woolmore Primary School
  • Bangabandhu Primary School
  • Canon Barnett Primary School
  • Cyril Jackson Primary School
  • Hermitage Primary School
  • Seven Mills Primary School
  • Solebay Primary School
  • St. Paul's C of E Primary School
  • St Paul with St Luke Primary School
  • Stepney Park Primary School
  • William Davis Primary School

The above engagement closes at midnight on Sunday 23 January 2022

If you require another format of any plan or explanation of the design proposals, e-mail schoolstreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Your feedback will help us reach a decision on whether to proceed with these proposals. The results will be published here and on the Tower Hamlets School Streets page.

Should the Council proceed with these proposals, residents, businesses and schools will receive a letter to inform them about the start date of the scheme and registering a vehicle for exemption. Public notices advising of the changes will be displayed on street.

Due to high levels of consultation responses, we will not be able to individually respond to all replies.

The Council will use the information you provide for the purpose of this proposal. We will not share the information with other Council departments or external bodies. We will always process your information in accordance with the law.

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  • A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    What are we doing?

    • Globe Road (from the junction of Roman Road to Old Ford Road will be made pedestrian and cycle only (with exemptions for residents) between 8.15am-9.15am and 2.50pm-3.50pm on school days.
    • All roads accessed from Globe Road – Cyprus Street, Moravian Street, Cyprus Street, Welwyn Street, Kirkwell Place, Hartley Street will be included within the restriction. As previously, residents can apply for an exemption via www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/schoolstreetspermit.
    • Access for residents & businesses of those streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption, which can be requested free of charge using a form online. 
    • Other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in  operation. Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.15am- 9.15am and 2.50pm-3.50pm on school days The zones will be enforced by cameras and vehicles not exempted entering will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice.
    • The measures that were installed around Globe School will be removed with no new proposals for the area at this time. A plan showing the affected area can be found overleaf.
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • Removal of existing pedestrian guard rail

    How will the School Street work?

    • Gunthorpe Street would be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15- 9.15am and 3-4pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption; which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.15-9.15am and 3.-4pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.15-9.15am and 3-4pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • Tree planting to offer shelter and extra greenery
    • Existing cycle hangar within school entrance to be relocated (location to be confirmed with One Housing)

    How will the School Street work?

    Settles Street would be made into a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15am-9.15am and 3.00pm-4.00pm on school days.

    • Malabar Street would be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15-9.15am and 3-4pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption; which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.15-9.15am and 3-4pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.15-9.15am and 3-4pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • A pavement extension at the entrance to St Paul with St Luke Primary on Leopold street
    • New planting along the school entrance on Leopold Street
    • Informal pedestrian crossing point created along Leopold Street with dropped kerbs and tactile raised paving
    • The Introduction of proposed “at any time” waiting restrictions outlined on plan
    • An Increase in the number of zig-zag controlling lines along St Paul’s Way.
    • Existing pavement ramp to be partially converted to standard pavement to provide an informal pedestrian crossing point with dropped kerbs and tactile paving.

    How will the School Street work?

    Settles Street would be made into a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15am-9.15am and 3-3.45pm on school days.

    • Leopold Street and Baythorne Street would be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15-9.00am and 3-3.45pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption; which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.15-9.00am and 3-3.45pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.15-9.00am and 3-3.45pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • Proposed pavement improvements along Braintree Street
    • Raised tables along Braintree Street
    • A rain garden at the junction of Braintree Street and Sceptre Road

    How will the School Street work?

    • Cornwall Avenue and Braintree Street would be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.30-9.15am and 2.45-3.30pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption; which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.30-9.15am and 2.45-3.30pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.30-9.15am and 2.45-3.30pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice.
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • Fordham St made one-way from Settles St to Parfett St junction
    • Pocket park outside the school on Settles Street
    • Wider pavements
    • Tree planting to offer shelter and extra greenery
    • Green walls to filter air and create attractive spaces
    • A Clean Air Garden to learn about nature and improve the environment

    How will the School Street work?

    Settles Street would be made into a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15am-9.15am and 3.00pm-4.00pm on school days.

    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption, which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.15-9.15am and 3.00-4.00pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.15am-9.15am and 3.00pm-4.00pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
    • We are also introducing Green Walls, Clean Air Gardens and tree planting in and around the school.
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days

    • One-way traffic on Wyvis Street and part of Celtic Street to be made two-way
    • New raised pedestrian crossings on Uamvar Street
    • Extension of double yellow lines on Zetland Street
    • Pavement widening on Uamvar Street, outside the school
    • Removal of existing chicanes on Uamvar Street, replaces with a raised table
    • Reduction in the number of parking spaces being removed
    • Implementation of rain garden and biodiverse planting

    How will the School Street work?

    • Uamvar Street, Celtic Street and Wyvis Street would be made into a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15am-9.15am and 3.00pm-4.00pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption, which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.15-9.15am and 3.00-4.00pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.15am-9.15am and 3.00pm-4.00pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
    • We are also introducing Green Walls, Clean Air Gardens and tree planting in and around the school.
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • A closure of the junction of Upper North Street with Grundy street and a closure of a section of Ricardo Street with streetscape improvements
    • Annabel Close be made one-way southbound from Grundy Street
    • Enhancement of the school’s on-street presence with artwork, signage and a new direct pathway
    • Two new zebra crossings on Kerby Street
    • Green walls to filter air and create attractive spaces
    • Improvements to pavements including widening and new surfaces

    How will the School Street work?

    • Ricardo Street, Bygrove Street, Annabel Close and Grundy Street (between Duff Street and Annabel Close) will be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15am- 9.15am and 3.00pm-4.00pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption, which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.15-9.15am and 3.00-4.00pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.15am-9.15am and 3.00pm-4.00pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
    • We are also introducing Green Walls, Clean Air Gardens and tree planting in and around the school.
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • Rain garden outside of the school on Woolmore Street
    • Wider pavements
    • New ‘blended crossing’ on Bullivant Street
    • Additional double yellow lines at the junction of Ashton Street and Bullivant Street
    • Tree planting to offer shelter and extra greenery

    How will the School Street work?

    • Woolmore Street (from Bullivant Street to Robin Hood Lane) would be made into a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.30am-9.30am and 2.30pm-3.30pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of those streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption, which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.30 - 9.30am and 2.30-3.30pm) Other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.30am-9.30am and 2.30pm-3.30pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
    • We are also introducing Green Walls, Clean Air Gardens and tree planting in and around the school
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days on Saunders Ness Road
    • A new pocket park on Glenworth Avenue with tree planting to offer shelter and greenery to learn about nature and improve the environment
    • Enhancement of the schools on-street presence with artwork, signage and a new direct pathway
    • Green walls to filter air and create attractive spaces
    • One-way system on Saunders Ness Road

    How will the School Street work?

    • Glenworth Avenue will be pedestrianised (except police) with a pocket park introduced. Saunders Ness Road (from Stores Quay to Grosvenor Wharf Road),
    • Caledonian Wharf and Storers Quay will be made into a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15am-9.15am and 3.00pm-4.30pm on school days. Saunders Ness Road from Stores Quay to Empire Wharf Road will be southbound at all times.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption, which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.15 - 9.15am and 3.00-4.30pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.15am-9.15am and 3.00pm-4.30pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
    • We are also introducing Green Walls, Clean Air Gardens and tree planting in and around the school.
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • New paving improvements and repaving at junction of Gill Street and Grenade Street
    • New drop kerbs to help improve vehicle access to the school
    • Two rain gardens and drainage with bio-diverse planting on Grenade Street
    • Existing informal crossing to be replaced with new zebra crossing on Grenade Street
    • New paving outside school replacing concrete including de-cluttering of street furniture
    • New Ivy green screens on school railings to help tackle noise and air pollution
    • New proposed Contraflow cycling from Gill Street to Three Colt Street

    How will the School Street work?

    • Grenade street (between Three Colt Street and Gill Street) would be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.30-9.15am and 3.15-4.00pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption, which can be requested free of charge using a form online.
    • When in operation (between 8.30-9.15am and 3.15-4pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation.
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.30-9.15am and 3.15-4pm on school days.
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice.
    • We are also introducing Green Walls, Clean Air Gardens and tree planting in and around the school.
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • Proposed one-way for traffic southbound with contra-flow cycling on Hellings Street
    • Green walls along the school railings to filter air and create attractive spaces along the school railings

    How will the School Street work?

    • Redmead Lane, Orton Lane, Hermitage Wall and Hellings Street would be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.30-9.30am and 3-4pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption; which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.30-9.30am and 3-4pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.30-9.30am and 3-4pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • Existing single yellow line waiting restrictions to be replaced with ‘at any time’ waiting restrictions to help keep corners and narrow road clear of obstructive parking
    • Proposed pavement improvements to increase pavement area outside the school entrance and to provide an informal crossing point
    • Proposed cycle friendly road hump

    How will the School Street work?

    • Solebay Street would be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.30-9.30am and 3.15-4pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption; which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.30-9.30am and 3.15-4pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.30-9.30am and 3.15-4pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Pavement widening and new paving at both entrances of St Paul’s on Wellclose
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    • A new pavement created to link Graces Alley to Wellclose Square
    • A dropped kerb, informal pedestrian crossing with tactile raised paving to be introduced at the southern entrance of St Paul’s
    • Single yellow line waiting restrictions to be converted to “at any time” waiting restrictions, outlined on plan.



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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • Tree planting along Smithy Street school entrances

    How will the School Street work?

    • Smithy Street would be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.30-9.15am and 3.00-4.00pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption; which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.30-9.15am and 3.00-4.00pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.30-9.15am and 3.00-4.00pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • One-way southbound to motor vehicle traffic along Wood Close from the junction of St Matthew’s Row and Wood Close
    • New ivy green screens to be installed to absorb pollution and noise

    How will the School Street work?

    • Wood Close would be made a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.15-9.15am and 3-4pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption; which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.15-9.15am and 3-4pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.15-9.15am and 3-4pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
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  • What are we doing?

    A plan is below outlining the proposals. Changes could include:

    • Restricting traffic at the start and end of school days
    • Double Yellow Line improvements at junctions
    • Tree planting to offer shelter and extra greenery on Wade’s Place
    • Shirbutt Street to be made one-way (except for cyclists) eastbound towards Hale Street between Wade’s Place and estate access road
    • Wade’s Place to be made one-way (except for cyclists) northbound from Poplar High Street to East India Dock Road

    How will the School Street work?

    • Wade’s Place and Shirbutt Street (from East India Dock Road to Poplar High Street, including Malam Gardens) would be made into a pedestrian and cycle only zone between 8.30am-9.30am and 3.00pm-4.00pm on school days.
    • Access for residents and businesses of these streets, school staff, blue badge users and SEND pupils will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption, which can be requested free of charge using a form online
    • When in operation (between 8.30-9.30am and 3.00-4.00pm) other vehicles driven by visitors, parents and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to enter the zone when in operation
    • Vehicles not registered within the restricted streets can leave during operational hours but cannot return between 8.30am-9.30am and 3.00pm-4.00pm on school days
    • The zones will be enforced by cameras and any vehicles entering them that have not been registered for an exemption will be automatically issued a penalty charge notice
    • We are also introducing Green Walls, Clean Air Gardens and tree planting in and around the school
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