Croydon is to trial pedestrian zones to encourage children and their parents to walk to school.
Three schools are taking part in a six-month council scheme from September which will see pedestrian zones put in place on schooldays.
Although the roads will not be physically closed to traffic, car drivers will need to get advance permission or face a £130 fixed penalty notice (reduced to £65 if paid within a fortnight).
The schools involved, with restrictions in place from 8-9.30am or 2 or 2.30-4pm, are:
- Woodcote Primary in Dunsfold Rise, Coulsdon (including Fairfield Way and Meadow Rise)
- Heavers Farm Primary in Dinsdale Gardens, Selhurst
- St Chad’s Catholic Primary in Alverstone Gardens, Selhurst.
The council will use temporary automatic number plate recognition cameras to scan if vehicles passing through have advance permission.
Residents, their visitors or school staff will be able to enter or leave the zones by applying free of charge for an advance access permit.
Signs will be in place to inform drivers about the pedestrian zones, and council staff will marshal parking and road safety on nearby streets.
If the trial proves successful, the scheme will become regular at these schools and could be trialled at others in the borough.
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “We want to make Croydon a healthier and safer place for all our residents, especially our youngsters, so I urge as many people as possible in these pilot areas to get out of their cars and walk their children to school.”