Bristol City Council and Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy are working together to pilot Bristol School Streets.
So far Bristol City Council has successfully launched the scheme with two other primary schools in the city and Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy will be the next school to join the pilot.
The main aims of the Bristol School Streets pilot are to:
- reduce the volume of traffic around the school gates.
- improve road safety for pupils and their families.
- encourage more pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to school.
- improve the air quality and environment at the school gates, making it a more pleasant space for everyone.
From Thursday 27th May, Victoria Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic between 08:30-09:15 in the morning and 14:40-15:30 in the afternoon, Monday to Friday, during term-time only. During these times only emergency services vehicles will be permitted to access Victoria Avenue.
Victoria Avenue will also be changing into a one-way system in a westbound direction, travelling away from Avonvale Road. This will allow residents of Victoria Avenue to leave the road when needed. The one-way system will be in place 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the duration of the School Streets pilot scheme.
The reasons for introducing this one-way system is firstly to allow residents to be able to exit Victoria Avenue during the road closure periods. Secondly, the introduction of the one-way should also prevent drivers from driving down Victoria Avenue and getting trapped when discovering the road closure, which should avoid people having to make dangerous turns in the road. The one-way system will be in place 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the duration of the School Streets pilot scheme.
Residents of Victoria Avenue will be permitted to leave the road in their vehicles during the School Streets zone operating times but will not be able to re-enter their road during that time.
We hope that the proposed changes will improve the traffic conditions on Victoria Avenue and neighbouring roads. We understand from local people that parking at school start and finish times has been an ongoing issue and by introducing Bristol School Streets and closing the road for short periods of time, we can improve road safety and tackle congestion.
If you have any major concerns about the proposals please contact us.
The Bristol School Streets pilot scheme will be launched in late May 2021 and will last a maximum of 18 months before being reviewed. If deemed successful, it may become permanent by the introduction of a traffic regulation order.
The scheme is active on weekdays, during term-time for 45 minutes in the morning at school start time and 50 minutes in the afternoon at school end time. The exact timings of the closure are between 08:30-09:15 in the morning and 14:40-15:30 in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday, during term-time only.
Residents of Victoria Avenue will be permitted to leave Victoria Avenue in their vehicles during the school streets zone operating times but will not be able to re-enter their road during that time.
We hope that the proposed changes will improve the traffic conditions on Victoria Avenue and neighbouring streets. We understand from local people that parking at school start and finish times has been an ongoing issue and by introducing Bristol School Streets and closing the road for short periods of time, we can improve road safety and tackle congestion.
Blue Badge holders are exempt from the scheme and can use Victoria Avenue Road to access their properties when needed. We ask that Blue Badge holders display their Blue Badge clearly in the windscreen of their vehicle and they may be stopped and asked to confirm their details on some occasions.
We are asking people with additional access requirements and those with disabilities to contact the team on [email protected] to discuss any personal access needs as they may be eligible for an exemption permit.
No – parents or carers dropping children at school will not be eligible for an exemption. You can only be granted an exemption if you are a resident of Victoria Avenue or if you or your child are a blue badge holder. We are pleased that the majority of parents are embracing the scheme and are choosing to walk, cycle or scoot where possible.
Yes – if you are a carer who regularly supports a resident within the zone, you may eligible for an exemption. Please contact us to let us know about your personal situation.
A Bristol School Streets phone line has been set up to accommodate exceptional requests where access is required at a given time. The number is 0117 357 6228 (or 07585 886909). By calling this number you can speak with a member of the Bristol School Streets project team to arrange for an exemption. We ask that you try and give the team 24 hours’ notice on any access requirements.
Have your say
On 7 July 2021 we are making some changes to the legal order that enables this scheme to operate. This means:
- public consultation will be carried out for the next eight months from 7 July 2021
- the temporary traffic regulation order (TTRO) enabling the scheme will be replaced by an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO)
- the ETRO can be in place for a maximum of 18 months
- prior to or at the end of this period, a decision will be made on whether to make the changes permanent
The experimental order, plans and statement of reasons are available at: www.bristol.gov.uk/trafficorders from 29 June 2021.
Comments and objections can made within the period of eight months and be sent:
- by post to: TRO Comments, Traffic Regulation Orders Team, PO BOX 3399, Bristol, BS1 9NE
- by email to: [email protected] quoting reference CAE/RGW/EP-1206.
If you wish to comment, you should include your name and address and note that your feedback may be considered in public by Bristol City Council. Any comment, together with the name and address of the person making it, could be made available for public inspection.
We are also gathering general views on the proposals which can be done by taking part in a short survey. The survey can be accessed at www.bristol.gov.uk/RedfieldETPrimary. Alternatively, if you would like us to post you a paper copy of this form or if you require this information in an alternative format or language, please call 0117 357 6228 or email [email protected]. Please note if you have completed the survey you will still need to follow the process above if you wish to formally comment on the experimental order.
If you have a specific query, that has not been answered in this page, please contact Aimee-Claire Eyermann, our designated Bristol School Streets Project Manager.