Roads running by six schools are to be made 20mph zones as part of a council pilot scheme.

The trial will see speed restrictions around five primary schools and one secondary at busy times of day.

The £200,000 project, which follows advice from the Department for Transport, is intended to make pupils safer and encourage them to walk or cycle to school.

The speed limits will advertised by signs and will be funded by Transport for London, subject to approval by the council cabinet on Monday.

Councillor Phil Thomas, cabinet member for highways and environmental services, said: "Road safety is an important issue and this new money gives us the opportunity to invest in long-term measures that will reduce the risk of accidents outside schools.

"Most drivers are aware of how the chances of serious injuries to children are significantly reduced by cutting speed. However it’s not always obvious when a school might be nearby so these zones will act as a reminder to slow down and take more care."

The schools and roads where speed restrictions will be in place are:

  • Ark Oval Primary Academy - Cherry Orchard Road, Addiscombe
  • Chipstead Valley Primary - Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
  • Harris Academy Purley - Pampisford Road, South Croydon
  • Monks Orchard Primary - The Glade, Addiscombe
  • Regina Coeli Primary - Pampisford Road, South Croydon
  • St Thomas Becket Primary - Birchanger Road, Woodside
  • Wolsey Junior - King Henry’s Drive, New Addington