Transport

Croydon United Kingdom

Revenue Generating

Turning traffic Fines in funding for School Steet network expansion

Transport

Croydon School Street and Traffic Access Restrictions


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Objectives:

The project was initiated in response to requests for the council to improve road safety and reduce congestion in the vicinity of the school gates. Public opinion no longer tolerates traffic and parking congestion or air pollution, in particularly near to schools.


Characteristics:

Traditional parking enforcement proves ineffective near to schools. Croydon Parking Services operate camera enforcement of decriminalised parking and traffic contraventions:

  • 105,000 parking contraventions
  • 80,000 moving traffic contraventions

Local authorities have duty to exercise powers to secure the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of vehicles and other traffic, including pedestrians, and taking into consideration the national air quality strategy.

The ‘School Streets’ are designated as ‘Pedestrian and Cycle Zones’ except permitted residents during school opening and closing times. Any other vehicle that drives in during these times is sent a £130 fine. It is enforced by traffic cameras with automatic number plate technology. The results have been dramatic decreases in road congestion and increases in children walking and cycling to school. Croydon have now introduced 11 School Street schemes, covering 16 schools, with the next 10 schemes under development. Plan is to reach 50 schemes by 2023.

The income generated from the enforcement fines is invested in expanding the School Streets network.



TECHNICAL & FINANCIAL DETAILS

Financing scheme:

Revenue Generating

Source of Funds:

Own Raised

Phase:

Implementation

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KEY SUCCESS FACTORS (REPLICATION POTENTIAL)

  • Reduction in traffic congestion around schools.
  • Reduced air pollution around schools
  • Reduced road collisions
  • Increased uptake of active travel and reduction in car use amongst children and parents
  • Head Teachers suggest that children who walk or cycle arrive more punctual, alert, happier and ready to work. Uptake in school breakfast clubs
  • The School Street thereby contributes to both better learning opportunities and health outcomes for the children