Locations for ten new ‘school streets’ confirmed

Council reveals plans for more road safety schemes

One of Enfield Council's existing school street schemes outside Kingfisher Hall Primary School in Enfield Highway (credit Enfield Council)
One of Enfield Council’s existing school street schemes outside Kingfisher Hall Primary School (credit Enfield Council)

Enfield Council is planning a further ten ‘school streets’ at primary schools across the borough to improve road safety for children.

School streets are temporary road closures outside school entrances, during pick-up and drop-off times, helping to improve safety and reduce air pollution for children. Twelve school streets in the borough were recently made permanent following successful trials, in addition to two that were installed in 2020.

The ten new school streets are set to be installed at St James CofE School in Enfield Highway, Delta Primary School in Edmonton, St John & St James CofE School in Edmonton, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Ponders End, Fleecefield Primary School in Edmonton Green, Brettenham Primary School in Edmonton Green, Wilbury Primary School in Edmonton, Houndsfield Primary School in Edmonton, Bowes Primary School in Bowes Park and Hazelwood Primary School in Palmers Green.

The temporary road closures – which do not affect cyclists or local residents – also aim to help more Enfield pupils walk, cycle and scoot to school safely. They have cross-party backing.

Deputy council leader Ian Barnes said: “I am delighted that we are able to add a further ten school streets projects to create a total of 24 across the borough. The continuation of school streets will help create a safe environment for even more primary school children travelling to and from school. 

“We will continue working closely with schools and will be communicating with parents and nearby residents in the coming months as we progress the schemes. We continue to fight climate change in our borough, while making the roads near school gates safer and less polluted for our children.”

Data collected by the council show that Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy School (pictured above) has seen levels of nitrogen monoxide fall by 34% at the school gate and nitrogen dioxide by 23% since the implementation of its school street scheme.