There are more car-free 'School Streets' in Croydon that any other London Borough, the council have revealed, with plans for more in the future.

Currently there are 17 schools which have implemented the scheme to reduce traffic at drop-off and pick-up times, and the council said that 10 further schools will soon follow suit.

"The 10 new initiatives were recommended for adoption at a meeting of Croydon’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee yesterday (Wednesday 8 July)," the council said Thursday (July 9).

The 10 next schools to be included in the scheme will be:

  • Christ Church CofE Primary School, Montpelier Road, Purley
  • Downsview Primary School, Marston Way, Norbury
  • Ecclesbourne Primary School, Atlee Close, Thornton Heath
  • Harris Primary Academy Haling Park, Haling Road, South Croydon
  • Keston Primary School, Keston Avenue, Coulsdon
  • Kingsley Primary Academy, Thomson Crescent and Chapman Road, Broad Green
  • Oasis Academy Reylands, Oakley Road and Sandown Road, South Norwood
  • Ridgeway Primary School, Southcote Road, Sanderstead
  • St Thomas Becket Catholic Primary, Birchanger Road, Woodside
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School, Woodend, Upper Norwood

The scheme imposes a "temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times" according to the School Streets website, which "applies to school traffic and through traffic."

"The result is a safer, healthier and pleasant environment for everyone," an online explanation states.

With some exemptions, most vehicles will not be allowed to enter the roads between 8am and 9.30am as well as between 2pm and 4pm during term time.

Drivers flouting the rules face a fine of up to £130.

Croydon Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport, praised the borough's success in implementing the scheme and plans on extending things even further.

"Our School Street scheme encourages children to have a safe space to walk, cycle and scoot to school and it has never been more important to create this space for them as the borough prepares for pupils to return to school next year.

"These new School Streets will help hundreds more pupils have safer journeys as Croydon continues to lead the way in creating better and safer routes for our schoolchildren," he said.