School Streets: Harris Junior Academy Carshalton (Camden Road)

Closes 28 Mar 2021

Opened 28 Sep 2020


We want to make the streets outside our schools safer and the air cleaner for our children

To help achieve this, we are trialling School Streets in a number of areas across the borough. A School Street is where the road outside a school is closed to motor vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times except for residents living in that street.

What are the details of the scheme? 

From Monday 28 September 2020 Camden Road and Hollymead will only be open to pedestrians and cycles on Monday - Friday mornings (8.00-9.15am) and afternoons (3.00-4.00pm). This will be during school term times only.

Residents who live on Camden Road and Hollymead were able to register for an exemption to the scheme to ensure they are not at risk of receiving a penalty. These residents received a letter in September 2020 asking them to register their vehicle(s).

Further details: 

  • Access for residents to enter the streets will be maintained for vehicles registered for an exemption.
  • Residents will be able to enter and leave during the restricted times, but motor vehicles driven by parents, visitors, and delivery vehicles will not be permitted to use their vehicles within the zone during the closure times.
  • Any vehicle already in the zone during the closure will be permitted to exit the street without receiving a penalty.
  • The zone will be clearly indicated by traffic signs on either side of the entrance to Camden Road from North Street.
  • The zone will be enforced by a camera car on regular rotation which should serve as a deterrent to parents trying to drive into the ‘school streets’ zone.
  • Any vehicles not permitted to enter the zone will be automatically issued with a penalty.

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Why we are consulting

Many local people have really enjoyed the lower levels of traffic and improved air quality during the recent lockdown. We also know that children are among the most adversely affected by high air pollution levels. To help continue these benefits, and improve the health and wellbeing of children in the borough, we are trialling School Streets. 

School Streets will help support our ambitious aims to tackle air pollution and encourage people to be more active. This scheme has been developed based on feedback from residents and the school and aims to address:

  • Congestion and poor parking around the school 
  • Parked vehicles with their engines running, contributing to air pollution, and 
  • Road safety and lower traffic speeds

The School Street will help make the road safer and calmer for pupils at school start and finish times. Parents who drive to the school will be requested to park further away.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about this and other improvements we are implementing to make our borough’s streets safer, more active and greener, go to

Tell us your views! 

All of these changes will be for a six-month trial period. During this time, we will welcome all feedback from residents about how the scheme is working and how it can be improved.  We know change can take some getting used to and ask that you allow some time for the scheme to bed in as it can take a while for everyone to adapt to the changes. The scheme can be modified or removed before the end of the six-month trial if it does not work well for the local area. 

To have your say, please start the consultation below. 


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