Road closure proposals
Southampton City Council is encouraging schools in the city to apply for its School Streets programme, where road space is reallocated to people walking and cycling, both to encourage active travel and to enable social distancing.
A School Street sees a road directly outside a school temporarily closed to motor vehicles to become a pedestrian and cycle zone for a short period of time at the beginning and end of the school day. Closing the road space outside schools at drop off and pick up times provides a much safer environment for everyone at peak times. This will also accommodate social distancing, especially for parents congregating at pick up time, as a road free from vehicles can typically gain an extra 7-metre-wide space for pedestrians.
School Streets schemes are in place, or due to be introduced, at the following schools across Southampton:
- St John’s Primary – French Street – 08:15 to 09:00 and 14:45 to 15:30 (started November 2018)
- St Mary’s C of E Primary School – Golden Grove – 08:15 to 09:00 and 14:45 to 15:30 (started February 2020)
- Shirley Junior School - Bellemoor Road – 08:20 to 09:00 and 14:40 to 15:20 (started September 2020)
- Shirley Infant School - Wilton Road – 08:20 to 09:20 and 14:30 to 15:30 (started November 2020)
- Mansbridge Primary School - Octavia Road – 08:30 to 09:00 and 14:30 to 15:00 (started November 2020)
- Freemantle C of E Community Academy - Mansion Road – 08:35 to 09:00 and 14:40 to 15:15 (started November 2020)
- Wordsworth Primary School - Victor Street – 08:30 to 09:00 and 14:50 to 15:20 (started December 2020)
- Regents Park Community College - Richville Rd – 08:15 to 08:45, 10:25 to 11:00, 12:10 to 13:10 and 14:15 to 15:00 (started December 2020)
- Valentine Primary School - Valentine Avenue – 08:15 to 09:15 and 14:30 to 15:30 (started March 2021)
- Shirley Warren Primary School - Warren Crescent – 08:30 to 09:10 and 14:45 to 15:30 (started April 2021)
- Mansel Park Primary School - Portlock Road - 07:50 to 09:00 and 15:00 to 16:00 (start date TBC)
More information about the Southampton School Streets programme can be found on the My Journey website. Here you'll find advice on social distancing for schools and also for families on the school run.
School Streets volunteers
Schools in Southampton are looking for volunteers to help with stewarding their School Streets, especially in Shirley/Freemantle.
3 November 2020
Following the launch of Shirley Junior School's 'School Streets' scheme in September, three more schools in Southampton will be commencing their own schemes in November. Shirley Infant School is the first of these and on Monday 2 November began its trial of the measures outside of the school on Wilton Road, between Winchester Road and Bellemoor Road.
Mansbridge Primary School and Freemantle C of E Community Academy are set to follow later this month, on Monday 16 November and 23 November respectively. Additional schemes are also in the pipeline for a further three schools, with implementation dates to be confirmed. The council is continuing to work closely with local schools to encourage active travel on the school run and continue expanding the city's School Streets programme.
Shirley Infant School's 'School Streets' scheme in action
Mansbridge Primary School's 'School Streets' scheme is now up and running
16 September 2020
Shirley Junior School last week became the first school in Southampton to trial a School Streets scheme under the Green Transport Recovery Plan. The scheme is being trialled by the school in partnership with Southampton City Council and Sustrans to provide additional space for social distancing, encourage more families to travel actively to school and create a safer, healthier and more pleasant environment.
The first week of the closure went smoothly and the scheme has excellent support from staff and families, with some parents already now volunteering to help out with manning the closures. There has also been positive feedback from local residents as well as the school community.