New CCTV Cameras for 100s of London's School Streets
CCTV cameras installed on London streets in school run crackdown.
18:47 17 March 2022
Sadiq Khan is bringing the school run by car to an end.
On Thursday, the London Mayor has announced the introduction of more than 500 "school streets" that use CCTV cameras to restrict vehicle access to roads next to schools at the start and end of the school days. The goal is to reduce road danger and pollution at school gates.
Mr Khan said: “For London to become Net Zero by 2030, we need to reduce motor traffic by a third.
“The school run accounts for a quarter of morning traffic, so School Streets are a key tool in helping to drive down congestion, air pollution and road danger.
“We know children, parents and councils are keen to introduce even more. However, we won’t be able to fund schemes like School Streets if TfL has to enter a managed decline scenario due to lack of Government funding.”
Louise Nichols, executive headteacher at Gayhurst, said: “The atmosphere and safety around the school has improved dramatically.
“Families now arrive by crossing calm roads and enjoy meeting each other at the school gates without the pressure of speeding vehicles around them.
“Gayhurst Road used to be a short cut for van drivers and they were often oblivious to small children crossing the roads. The school street has been embraced by the whole community and we can’t imagine going back to how it was before.”