Abingdon Area (Various) Experimental School Streets Scheme (Phase 1b)

School Streets aim to improve road safety to help boost cycling and walking and improve air quality. They are being delivered by Oxfordshire County Council in partnership with walking and cycling charity Sustrans, backed by financial support from the government. This follows design & engagement with residents and the schools prior to the scheme launch.

The effect of the experimental order which legally came into force on 24 May 2021 (Individual schools may decide the exact date when to implement the measures) is to place temporary supervised barriers to close roads at the following locations and times to prevent motor vehicles from entering:

From 08th June:

  1. St Nicolas C of E Primary School *
    • Boxhill Walk – at its junction with Fitzharrys Road,
    • Boxhill Road – at its junction with Bowyer Road.

* UPDATE: From 28th June:

Time Period


From 28/06/21

Morning Drop-Off

8:30am to 9:15am

8:20am to 9:00am

Afternoon Pick-Up

2:45pm to 3:30pm

2:45pm to 3:20pm


NOTE: An amendment has also been made so as to clarify that access to private and business premises is allowed, i.e. a resident of that road or a visitor to premises in that road, and for delivery/collections at premises in that road.

(Note: the closure points above are those covered by the Traffic Regulation Order, some aspects may not be implemented depending on local conditions).

The closures will operate during term-time only. This ‘pilot’ scheme will run for an initial 6 week period, and if successful, will continue to run until a decision is made on whether it becomes permanent. Exempt motorists include emergency services, residents and visitors

During closure times at school ‘pick-up’ and ‘drop-off’, roads around the school sites will be closed to motor vehicles. A lead steward assisted by volunteers from the school and local community will manage and marshal the road closures by operating temporary barriers and opening them for any exempt vehicles. Exempt motorists include school buses, residents visitors, blue badge holders, emergency vehicles, plus council organised school transport for students with additional needs. Work will continue during the experiment with the schools to ensure that anyone with specific needs is not adversely affected.

A series of frequently asked questions on School Streets are also available on the county council’s website

What happens next?

Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETRO) are used when it is very difficult to assess the impacts of the scheme beforehand, but the cost of implementation is relatively low.

In an ETRO, the Council introduces the scheme as an experiment first and there is then a six-month period after the scheme is introduced when the public can see for themselves the impact of the scheme and the Council can monitor its impacts. At the end of the six-month period, the Council assesses the impacts, including any letters of support or objections, and decides whether to confirm, cancel or extend the ETRO for up to 12 months longer to allow further consultation and monitoring.

The Experiment will be closely monitored during its operation and any comments/complaints that are received will be given due consideration with a view to deciding whether the experiment, or any part of it should become permanent.

Leave your comments

Objections to the proposals and other representations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, may be sent in by completing the online questionnaire, via email or in writing (quoting ref: CM.12.6.100) to the address below by 17 December 2021 ** (see below). The Council will consider objections and representations received in response and they may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public (the Forward Plan of decisions meetings can be viewed here).

** UPDATE: due to the modification order being made, the 6 month consultation period has been reset to begin from this date, as per the provisions of the original experimental Order.

Please read the information provided on this consultation. Your views and opinions matter. Please take the time to respond.


  • Opened
    7 Jun 2021 at 09:00
  • Closes
    17 Dec 2021 at 15:00



Contact Name Christian Mauz (Technical Officer - Traffic & Road Safety)
Contact Email Address christian.mauz@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 0345 310 1111
Contact Postal Address Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road

Consultation Topic
  • Community-led planning
  • Environment & waste
  • Fire & public safety
  • Health
  • Leisure & culture
  • Planning
  • Roads & transport
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Children
  • Families and parents
  • Councillors
  • Schools
Geographical Area
  • Abingdon