More than 15 residential streets across Greenwich will go car-free later this month.

Three roads will be closed to traffic from Friday 13 to September 22, as they become 'Play Streets' in celebration of World Car Free Day.

On Friday September 20, nine primary schools will also close nearby roads at the beginning and end of the day, as the borough looks to reduce air pollution and make streets safer.

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "We are celebrating Car Free Day this year in Royal Greenwich with a Car Free Weekend.

"Reclaiming roads from cars means healthy streets with space to walk, play, sit and relax.

"We can all be part of the change to swap the short journeys we make by car to walk, cycle or take public transport instead.

"Around half of London’s toxic air pollution is caused by road vehicles and that’s why we’re proud to be taking part in a London-wide and World Car Free Day to do our bit and make a difference."

Four primary schools in the borough already close their roads to traffic throughout term-time as part of School Streets, a pioneering initiative to improve air quality and safety for pupils.

Play Streets are temporary roads closures where children can play and neighbours can get to know each other.

Jacqueline Graves, deputy headteacher of Haimo Primary School, said: "We have seen a 54% reduction in the number of children being driven to school, with a big increase in those cycling, walking and scooting.

"Our street is quiet and peaceful at both ends of the day and children are safer which wasn't always the case before.

"Our parents are happy with the School Street - saying 'it's like it was when we came to school’ and even local residents in the road who had concerns at the beginning now acknowledge the benefits."

Three Play Streets streets are participating between Friday 20 and Sunday 22 September 2019:

Dinsdale Road, SE3, 20 September, from 3pm until 5pm

Charles Grinling Walk, SE18, 22 September, from 4pm until 5pm

Olven Road, SE18, 22 September, 1.30pm until 7pm

School road closures on Friday 20 September:

Alexander McLeod Primary School – Abbey Wood

Bannockburn (Plumstead High Street) – Plumstead

Bannockburn (Church Manorway) – Plumstead

De Lucy Primary School – Abbey Wood Ward

Invicta Primary School (Blackheath) – Blackheath & Westcombe

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Primary School – Charlton

Thorntree Primary School – Charlton

Eglinton Primary School – Woolwich Common

Notre Dame Catholic Primary School – Woolwich Common