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Ashton Gate Primary School in Southville is looking to improve safety, reduce congestion, and improve air quality outside its gates by taking steps to join the council’s School Streets programme.

This is the initiative that turns streets outside schools into priority zones for people to walk and cycle and restricts car use at the start and end of the school day.

School Streets aim to reduce congestion and improve air quality at the school gates as well as make it easier and safer to walk or cycle to school.

I’m delighted another school in the city is proposing to become a School Street, which would bring our total number up to 12.

On top of making the school run safer and reducing emissions, they encourage active travel from an early age.

We hope people in the area give their support to the new School Street, which could transform the road outside Ashton Gate Primary School, creating a more pleasant environment for everyone, while making sure residents, businesses, pedestrians, and cyclists can still use the roads.

Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport

The proposals would see the road outside the school gate become a walking, cycling, wheeling, and scooting-only zone at school start and finish times.

Vehicles would not be permitted to enter the zone for around 45 minutes in the morning and one-hour in the afternoon. The restrictions would not apply to emergency vehicles and Blue Badge holders, and residents within the closure zone would be able to gain access with a resident access permit.

We’re very pleased to be working with Bristol City Council’s School Streets programme to help make our pupils’ journey to and from school a safer and healthier experience. We are aiming to reduce road usage around the school site at key times and create safer pavements, enabling our children and their families to freely walk, scoot or cycle in safety.

Gareth Jones, Executive Headteacher at Ashton Gate Primary School

Parents, carers, and staff, as well as residents and businesses near the school are being asked for their opinions on the proposals as part of a short survey.

To find out more about the proposed scheme and to fill in the survey, please visit Bristol School Streets by Sunday 23 July.

Press release by Bristol City Council.

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