Haringey announces further expansion of School Streets programme

More than 4,500 children across Haringey could benefit from safer and healthier journeys as part of the council’s latest expansion of School Streets.

Consultation is open on plans for seven schemes, covering 11 schools and spanning 4km during drop-off and pick up time.

School Streets encourage more children to travel to and from school on foot, bike or scooter in a safe, fun and active way, cutting air pollution and creating a more pleasant environment at the school gates.

Cllr Mike Hakata, deputy leader and cabinet member for climate action, environment and transport, said: “Our ambitious and rapidly expanding School Streets programme is a key part of building a fairer, greener borough where children can travel to school in cleaner air and streets safe for walking, cycling and wheeling. 

“There is no doubt our existing schemes are already transforming trips to school, and I’m delighted many more communities will have the opportunity to benefit from a safer and healthier start and end to the school day.  

“I’m keen to encourage people to have their say on our proposals and look forward to hearing feedback on each of the School Streets.”

Haringey says it has one of the fastest growing School Streets programmes with more than 11,000 children at 28 schools already benefiting from 24 zones spanning 6km during drop-off and pick-up times. 

The council aims to almost treble the number of School Streets to 61 by 2026, transforming journeys and improving air quality at the school gates for up to 36,000 children.

The council points to evidence which shows a 42% reduction in traffic across existing School Streets in the borough, as well as vehicle emissions (NOx) down by 26%. 

Only people walking, cycling and wheeling, and those with vehicle exemption permits, are eligible to enter the zone while the School Street is in operation.

Statutory consultation is under way on traffic orders for seven School Street schemes at the following educational establishments:

  • North Harringay Primary School
  • Lea Valley Primary, Duke’s Aldridge Academy and The Vale Secondary School
  • Stroud Green Primary School
  • South Harringay Infant School and South Harringay Junior School
  • St Mary’s Priory RC Infant School and St Mary’s Priory RC Junior School
  • St Mary’s CofE Primary School
  • Coleridge Primary School (Crescent Road) (extension of existing scheme)

29 November 2023