School Street Trial: Knightsbridge School
A School Street is a road, or section of road, outside a school that becomes a pedestrian and cycle zone during the school’s opening and closing times.
These timed road closures aim to reduce congestion and poor air quality directly outside school gates by preventing parents’ vehicles from accessing the road to drop off or collect children. They also make the area outside the school safer and provide a more pleasant environment for the local community.
Residents living within the zone are still able to access the road with their vehicles at all times by applying for an exemption.
We are asking what you think of our proposals regarding the introduction of a School Street outside Knightsbridge School. Please read the following information carefully before filling in the survey no later than 22 March 2020. For further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on: 020 7361 2521.
Knightsbridge School has been recognised by Transport for London for their achievements in promoting sustainable travel for journeys to and from school. The school has achieved a significant shift away from car use by pupils and staff, to more sustainable modes of travel, particularly walking, cycling and scooting. However, the school community has raised concerns about the issues of congestion and engine idling directly outside the school entrance, posing health and safety risks to children.
What is proposed for Lennox Gardens?
The Council is proposing a School Street on the section of Lennox Gardens between Pont Street and the four-way intersection of Lennox Gardens.
The proposed operating times for the road closures are 8am - 9am in the morning, and 3.15pm - 4.15pm in the afternoon during the school term and will not operate during the school holidays or at weekends.
Vehicles will not be able to enter the street during this time, unless they have been given an exemption. Residents and businesses who reside within the closed section of Lennox Gardens will be able to register for an exemption, as well as Blue Badge holders who need access to the school.
If implemented, we are proposing to trial the scheme from April after the school term break, for five weeks initially, with the option to extend it after the half term holiday.
Physical barriers will be used at the times of operation to prevent vehicles from entering the closed street. Signs will be placed at the junction of Lennox Gardens/Pont Street, and at the four-way intersection of Lennox Gardens coming from Pont Street. These signs will display key information about when the scheme is in operation.
Exact sign locations are subject to change.
Frequently asked questions
What if I’m already in the zone when the road closure starts?
You will be able to stay parked or exit the zone at any time but will not be able to re-enter the road until the road closure ends.
What if I need to deliver something and do not have an exemption?
You should consider re-timing your delivery, or park elsewhere and continue the delivery on foot. Disruptions to deliveries should be minimal as the School Street extends across a small section of Lennox Gardens, covering approximately 60 meters.
How do I apply for an exemption?
Residents and businesses who live and work in the School Street zone will be notified if the scheme is implemented and invited to apply for an exemption.
Can I park in the car parking bays on Lennox Gardens during the road closure?
If you are already in a paid parking bay before the street is closed, you are allowed to remain there for as long as you have paid. You will not be allowed to enter the street and access the parking bays unless you have received an exemption.
If agreed, what will happen after the School Street consultation?
The decision will be published on the RBKC website and we will write to residents in the street. If we do decide to proceed with the School Street, it is likely that it would start after the school term break in April.