Published: 3rd DECEMBER 2019

Liverpool School Neighbourhoods in West Derby

We want to make it easier for families to walk and cycle to school. And we think the area around schools should be a calmer, greener place for everyone. So we're working with nine schools in the West Derby area of Liverpool to think up new street designs to improve safety around the school gate.

We're working with nine schools in Liverpool to improve the high levels of traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety accidents around the school gate.

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What is the Liverpool School Neighbourhoods project?

We’re working with schools in the Liverpool City Region to improve the streets around the school gate.

The project kick-started with workshops and activities to help identify the main problems that families, teachers and local residents face during the school run.

And with our urban designers, we work together to create practical ways to solve these issues.

Our team then look at how schools can link up with walking and cycling routes in the area.

The Liverpool Loopline is a great example, helping to make it easier for children to safely walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Latest project news

We’re now in the second stage of the project. We’ve selected four winning schools that now have the chance to turn their street design ideas into reality.

  • St Mary’s Primary School
  • Mab Lane Primary School
  • St Paul and St Timothy’s Infant School
  • St Paul’s Junior School.

Over the coming months, we’ll work with these schools to redesign their street. We’ll be making changes like:

  • altering a dangerous junction
  • installing a new crossing
  • restricting car parking
  • closing school streets at peak times.

Background information

In the first stage of the project children in all nine schools surveyed the streets around the school to assess potential dangers.

They then rated the problems according to how the spaces make them feel and behave.

The pupils then worked with Sustrans urban designers to explore ways we could redesign the streets outside their school.

The goal is to make changes that create a healthier, friendlier environment for children, parents and the local community.

We worked with nine West Derby-based schools in stage one:

  • Holly Lodge College for Girls
  • Broughton Hall Catholic High School
  • Blackmoor Park Infant School
  • Blackmoor Park Junior School
  • Mab Lane Mixed Primary School
  • St Paul and St Timothy Catholic Infant School
  • St Paul Catholic Junior School
  • Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School for Boys
  • St Mary’s CE Primary School.


Our West Derby schools project is funded thanks to a £200,000 grant from the Freshfield Foundation. It is part of our work with Liverpool City CouncilLiverpool City Region and MerseyTravel to make it easier for more people to walk and cycle.

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