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Queens Drive West - Safer School Street

This page provides specific information about the Safer School Street Scheme which came into force on Queens Drive West in Peterborough on 5 February 2024.

Visit our Moving Traffic Enforcement page for general information about schemes in Peterborough, plus how to pay or challenge Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).

This scheme launched on 5 February 2024.

Restriction details

A Safer School Street is in operation to:

  • Enhance safety for children and families during the school run
  • Tackle irresponsible parking behaviours
  • Improve air quality outside of the school gates
  • Increase health and wellbeing through offering more opportunity for active and sustainable travel

Queens Drive West, where Queens Drive Primary School is located, is a pedestrian and cycle zone from Monday to Friday between 8.15am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.45pm during school term time only. Signs are on both entrances to the street from Park Road and Dogsthorpe Road.

Why the enforcement is required

The scheme was originally operated by school volunteers physically manning and closing the road. It is now permanently signed as a pedestrian only zone during the school drop off and pick up periods. This will release school volunteers who will no longer need to staff the closure. The street will remain free of traffic for the safety of children arriving at and leaving school.

Signage

The following signage is in place.

First sign shows a pedestrian and cycle zone banning motor vehicles. Second sign is blue and shows a school street no motor vehicles ahead with a left hand pointing arrow. Third sign shows a camera. The first two signs give the days and times restrictions in place - Monday to Friday, 8.15am to 9.15am, 2.45pm to 3.45pm

Map

The map below shows the location of signage on and around Queens Drive West.

Queens Drive West has pedestrian and cycle zone signage at both ends, along with cameras. The blue school street signs are located on surrounding roads to inform motorists of the restrictions in place on Queens Drive West before entering.

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Rules

No access to any motor vehicles between 8.15am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.45pm from Monday to Friday during term time. No motorised vehicle should enter during these times, by any means and includes vehicles being driven, pushed or caused to enter by any other method. During the school holidays, the signage will be closed and the restriction will not apply. The following vehicles are exempt from the restriction and may enter during the restricted times:

  • Queens Drive West residents' vehicles that have been registered with the Safer School Street Scheme (see below)
  • School staff vehicles that are registered with the Safer School Street Scheme (see below)
  • Blue Badge holders transporting pupils to school or Blue Badge holders who attend the school being transported – you must register with the Safer School Street scheme (see below)
  • Emergency service vehicles
  • Council service vehicles
  • Highways maintenance vehicles

Register for an exemption with the Safer School Street Scheme

Please email peterboroughschoolstreets@peterborough.gov.uk if:

  • You believe one of the above exemptions applies to you
  • You wish to register your vehicle for access to Queens Drive West during the restricted times

Please provide us with the following details in your email:

  • Residents should provide their name, address and vehicle registration number - including a copy of the vehicle logbook V5C. Note - existing Queens Drive West resident permit holders do not need to register and will be covered by their existing permit. This applies only to resident permits, not visitor permits.
  • Blue Badge holders should provide their name, vehicle registration number, copy of their Blue Badge and the name of the pupil being transported (if it is not the badge holder)
  • School staff should provide details via their school contact

Current enforcement figures

  • February 2024 = 10 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and 229 Warning Notices issued
  • March 2024 = 71 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and 173 Warning Notices issued
  • April 2024 = 6 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and 45 Warning Notices issued
  • May 2024 = 19 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and 105 Warning Notices issued

These figures are up to date as of 31 May 2024.

The six month warning notice period for first occasions will end at this site on 27 September 2024.