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Fifteen School Streets soon to be live in Richmond

21 April 2023

Richmond upon Thames will soon have fifteen school streets enabling even more children to travel safely to school every day.

Two new locations, St Mary Magdalen Catholic School on Worple Road and Thomson House School, Mortlake, have recently been approved by the Council's Transport and Air Quality Committee.

Following a successful trial period in 2022, the School Street at St Mary Magdalen Catholic School will now be made permanent on 8 May 2023. The hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 8.15 to 9.15am and 2.45 to 3.45pm, term time only.

In addition to this, the Committee also approved a new trial at Thomson House School, using an experimental traffic order, which will launch Monday 24 April 2023. The School Street will operate on weekdays from 8am to 8.45am and 3.30pm to 4.15pm during term time only.

A School Street is where a road(s) around a school temporarily closes to all motor vehicles except those of the immediate road residents; thereby becoming a pedestrian and cycle zone during the school’s opening and closing times. They ensure a safer and more accessible space for children around their school. They contribute to reduced local pollution by encouraging parents and children to opt for more sustainable travel methods, like walking and cycling, without having to manoeuvre around traffic.

As with the first thirteen School Streets, the first six months of implementation will be a consultative period, where residents, parents and the school community can feedback their impressions. Should the trials be successful, the traffic order will be made permanent. 

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School Streets have already been installed at: 

  • Orleans Primary School
  • St Stephen’s Primary School
  • (GEMS) Twickenham Primary Academy
  • St Richard Reynold Catholic College
  • Stanley Primary School
  • Hampton Infants and Nursery School
  • Holy Trinity CoE Primary School
  • The Richmond upon Thames School
  • Jack and Jill Prep school
  • St John the Baptist CE Junior School
  • St Mary’s CE Primary School
  • The Russell Primary 
  • Trafalgar Infant and Junior Schools

For more information or if you are a school that is interested in having a School Street, email: schoolstreets@richmond.gov.uk  

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Up to: April 2023

Updated: 21 April 2023

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