Families will enjoy safer routes to school after the half term break as School Street zones begin at two Portsmouth schools.

Temporary traffic measures in the roads around Bramble Infants and St Jude’s C of E Primary schools will help create a safer environment where children, parents and carers can walk, wheel, cycle and scoot during pick-up and drop-off times during term time. Both schools were the first to take part in School Streets pilot schemes in Portsmouth, in 2021 

Cars and other motor vehicles will not be able to enter the roads when the School Street is operating, and signs will be in place to inform drivers of the changes. At St Jude’s, the School Street zone includes Penny Street, St Nicholas Street and Pembroke Close. Meanwhile, at Bramble, vehicles entering Hayward Road will also be restricted with bollards on the left side of the road, complemented by signage. Drivers will be able to enter the affected roads once the morning and afternoon restrictions conclude. 

During the School Street, people who live or work on the street, as well as emergency services, school transport, blue badge holders, taxis serving properties within School Streets zone and carers of residents who live in the street will still be able to access the road. People with specific requirements can pre-agree access by contacting the head teacher. 

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We’ve worked very closely with residents and the school community to develop a School Street that works for everyone. We’re delighted to be working again with Bramble and St Jude’s following the success of the initial pilot schemes, which were so strongly supported. We look forward to safer, cleaner journeys for families with cleaner air, and wish the schools every success with their School Streets.” 

Bramble and St Jude’s School Streets will be installed on 19 February under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO). After six months, a comprehensive review will evaluate the effectiveness of the School Streets in addressing congestion and improving road safety. Based on the outcomes, the council will decide whether to make the zones permanent or implement further adjustments. 

Residents, local businesses, parents, carers, and school staff at the participating schools are encouraged to take part in a survey once they have experienced the School Streets firsthand. This invaluable feedback, combined with regular monitoring, will help the council understand how successful the restrictions have been. 

For more information about School Streets, or to register interest for a School Street at your school, visit travel.portsmouth.gov.uk/schoolstreets or email schoolstreets@portsmouthcc.gov.uk