Car Free School Streets: Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (April 2022)

Closes 25 Oct 2022

Opened 25 Apr 2022

Overview

Car Free School Streets mean streets outside certain schools are closed to motor traffic at the start and end of the school day. This is a pilot scheme to reduce congestion and improve air quality at the school gates as well as making it easier and safer to walk or cycle to school.

This scheme aims to:

  • cut down on traffic and parking pressures outside schools
  • discourage car journeys to school and encourage walking and cycling
  • make the streets outside schools safer at the start and end of the day
  • improve air quality and create a more pleasant environment for everyone

In April 2022, Car Free School Streets was extended to five additional schools:

  • Brownmead Academy (Shard End)
  • Colmore Junior and Infant School (Brandwood and Kings Heath)
  • St Dunstan’s Catholic School (Brandwood and Kings Heath)
  • Court Farm Primary School (Perry Common)
  • Nansen Primary School (Alum Rock)

We have also made Drayton Road in Kings Heath one way, except pedal cycles. from Goldsmith Road to outside number 6 Drayton Road (near the High Street end). This applies at all times, not just during the Car Free School Streets restrictions.

About the consultation process

In April 2022 we introduced Car Free School Streets at five schools.

We are now in a phase of formal consultation on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (the legal paperwork process for changes to the streets).

Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO)

As a temporary, trial scheme, this has been implemented using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO). Under this, formal consultation takes place during the first six months that the order is in place.

During this consultation, you can make comments on the proposals or submit a formal objection (which must include the grounds for the objection). You can either make your response via this webpage (please provide your contact details as part of your response) or can post a written objection to Assistant Director - Transport & Connectivity, Inclusive Growth Directorate, 1 Lancaster Circus Queensway, PO Box 14439, Birmingham B2 2JE.

If you have chosen to object to the proposed orders, you may be contacted by a project officer to further discuss your objection.

The scheme and Traffic Regulation Order

Car Free School Streets are closed to motor traffic, by a pedestrian and cycle order, at the start and end of the school day. Some exceptions and exemptions apply to allow residents to go about essential business:

Vehicles which may be driven during the closure include:

  • Vehicles displaying a valid permit
  • Vehicles transporting Blue Badge holders
  • Emergency services
  • Healthcare workers undertaking duties
  • Deliveries to properties on the closed section of road

The restrictions apply at the following times on weekdays (Monday to Friday):

School

Roads

AM Closure

PM Closure

Brownmead Academy

Pencroft Road

Fennel Croft

08.30 – 09.00

3.10 – 3.45

Colmore Schools

Colmore Road

Colmore Avenue

08.15 – 09.15

2.45 – 3.45

Court Farm Primary School

Tedbury Crescent

08.30 – 09.15

2.45 – 3.30

Nansen Primary School / Rockwood Academy

Naseby Road

08.20 – 08.50

3.15 – 3.45

St Dunstan’s Catholic Primary School

Drayton Road

08.30 – 09.15

2.45 – 3.30

In addition, Drayton Road in Kings Heath is now one way, except pedal cycles. from Goldsmith Road to outside number 6 Drayton Road (near the High Street end). This applies at all times, not just during the Car Free School Streets restrictions.

The full documentation for these Experimental Traffic Regulations Orders can be found at the bottom of this page.

Give Us Your Views

Areas

  • Alum Rock
  • Brandwood & King's Heath
  • Perry Common
  • SHARD END

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Cyclists
  • Motor Vehicle Drivers
  • Pedestrians
  • Local Residents
  • Public Sector Bodies
  • Businesses
  • Faith groups
  • Community groups
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Staff
  • Service user groups

Interests

  • Transport (Including Walking)
  • Travel