Many schools suffer from busy nearby streets which causes problems with:
- traffic and congestion
- road safety
- air quality
The Healthy School Streets programme aims to address these problems by restricting traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. Some vehicles may be exempt.
You can find out more about the benefits in our animated video about Healthy School Streets.
How it works
We assess streets outside schools that we can reasonably restrict to motor vehicles without moving too much traffic elsewhere.
If a Healthy School Street is introduced, streets will be restricted to vehicles for a limited time on school days. The schemes are enforced with signs and either bollards or cameras with license plate recognition.
As well as introducing restrictions, we can work with schools to help reduce the number of pupils being driven to school by:
- providing pedestrian and cycle training
- encouraging walking and cycling
- helping schools to achieve an accreditation on STARS - the Transport for London initiative for school travel planning.
- supporting parents to try out cycling with a free loan bike or cargo bike trial
There are a limited number of exemptions available for Healthy School Streets. These include:
- vehicles registered to properties and businesses in the restricted area
- any vehicle being used for ambulance, fire brigade or policing purposes
- refuse collection vehicles
- door-to-door services, such as Plus Bus and Dial A Ride
- Blue Badge holders that require access to an address within the restricted area
- vehicles belonging to parents or carers of disabled pupils unable to walk, cycle, or scoot to school
- other exemptions agreed on a case-by-case basis, such as older or disabled residents who are reliant on door-to-door transport
Refuse vehicles, emergency services, and door-to-door services do not need to apply for exemption.
For all other vehicles, you must apply for an exemption online.
If you think you may be exempt for another reason, please contact the Council first to discuss your requirements.
Share your views
To request a Healthy School Street or give feedback on an existing scheme, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also phone 020 7910 8796 and leave a message for an officer to call you back.
If you would like to share your views on one of our trial schemes, leave a comment on our Commonplace website.
Locations of Healthy School Streets
We have introduced Healthy School Street schemes across Camden. Many of these have now been made permanent, while some are in a trial phase.
You can see a map of all current Healthy School Streets and trial schemes. Find out more about the decisions to introduce them:
Permanent Healthy School Street Schemes
- Acland Burghley School – Burghley Road
- Argyle Primary – Bidborough, Hastings and Tonbridge Street
- Brecknock Primary School – Cliff Villas
- Brookfield Primary School – Croftdown Road
- Camden School for Girls – Sandall Road
- Christopher Hatton School – Mount Pleasant and Laystall Street
- Ecole Jeannine Manuel – Bedford Square
- Gospel Oak Primary School – Savernake Road
- Haverstock School – Crogsland Road
- Kentish Town Primary School – Islip Street
- Mulberry House School – Minster Road
- Neighbourhoods of the Future Healthy School Street Zone
(South Hampstead (High and Junior) School, North Bridge House Pre-Prep, Southbank International, Holy Trinity Primary - Nutley Terrace, Maresfield Gardens, Netherhall Gardens, Netherhall Way, Southern Frognal)
- Netley Primary School – William Road
- New End Primary School and Heathside Prep School – New End
- Primrose Hill Primary School – Princess Road
- Rhyl Primary School – Marsden Street
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – Macklin Street
- St Mary and St Pancras Primary School – Polygon Road
- UCS Junior and Hampstead Parochial School – Holly Bush Vale
Trial Healthy School Street Schemes
- Christ Church Primary School – Redhill Street
- St Patricks Primary School – Holmes Road
- St Paul’s Primary School – Elsworthy Road
Forthcoming trials for Healthy School Streets
- Blossom House School – Aldenham Street and Werrington Street
- Edith Neville Primary School – Charrington Street and Purchese Street
- Maria Fidelis Catholic School – Doric Way and Drummond Crescent
- Regent High School – Chalton Street and Cranleigh Street
Email us if you would like to know the operational dates of any of the schemes for the current academic year.