Oxford Area (Various) Experimental School Streets Scheme

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 extensive engagement and designs with residents and the schools prior to the scheme launch.

The effect of the experimental order which legally comes into force on 22 March 2021 is to place temporary supervised barriers to close roads at the following locations and times to prevent motor vehicles from entering:

From 22nd March:

  1. Windmill Primary School (8:30am to 9:30am & 2:45pm to 3:15pm):
    •  Margaret Road – between its junctions with St Annes Road & Wharton Road,
    • York Road – between its junctions with Margaret Road & Weyland Road.
  2. St Christophers School (8:30am to 9:30am & 2:45pm to 3:45pm):
    • Temple Road – between its junctions with Owens Way & Junction Road.

From 29th March:

  1. East Oxford School (8:30am to 9:30am & 3pm to 3:45pm):
    • Union Street – at its junction with Morrell Avenue,
    • Chapel Street – at its junction with Cowley Road.

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: AK/CM.12.6.320) to the address below by 24 September 2021. 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).

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


  • Opened
    22 Mar 2021 at 10:00
  • Closes
    24 Sep 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
  • Environment & waste
  • Fire & public safety
  • Health
  • Leisure & culture
  • Planning
  • Roads & transport
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Councillors
  • Schools
Geographical Area
  • Oxford City