Bristol City Council and Victoria Park Primary School are working together to make the journey to school safer.
- The School Streets scheme at Victoria Park Primary School was launched in May 2021 as a trial. Following a formal consultation, the decision was made to make the scheme permanent by the introduction of a Traffic Regulation Order. This came into effect on 31 October 2022.
Atlas Road and Raymend Road have been closed to motorised vehicle traffic between 08:15-09:15am in the morning and 3pm and 4pm in the afternoon, Monday to Friday, during term time only. During these times only emergency services vehicles are permitted to access Atlas Road and Raymend Road.
To help facilitate the successful implementation of the School Street, the direction of the existing one-way system on Raymend Road has been reversed. The new system runs northbound, away from St John’s Lane and is in force 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A new one-way system is also in place on the lower part of Kensal Road running northbound, between Atlas Road and Kensal Avenue. This is in force 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
The reasons for introducing these one-way systems were firstly to allow residents to be able to exit Raymend Road and Kensal Road during the timed road closure periods. Secondly, they also help prevent motorists from driving down Raymend Road and Kensal Road and getting trapped when discovering the road closure, and therefore needing to make dangerous turns in the road.
Residents within the School Streets zone will be able to exit their road during the zone’s operational hours without requiring an access permit.
If you live in the School Street zone and require access during the times of operation, you can apply for one here.
Where possible, we encourage all motorists to avoid driving in the zone when in operation. If driving in the zone, we ask that you do so at no more than 5mph.
The Bristol School Streets pilot scheme launched in late May 2021 as an experimental trial lasting for up to 18 months.
Following a formal consultation, the decision was made to make the scheme permanent by the introduction of a Traffic Regulation Order. This came into effect on 31 October 2022.
The streets should be visibly calmer and feel safer during these times. Data was collected both before the scheme was implemented and during, and includes modes of travel to school survey data, traffic counts, collision data, parking surveys and feedback from the school and local community.
In addition, an 8-month public consultation took place from 27 May 2021 enabling people to formally comment on the scheme. Together with the monitoring data mentioned above, these comments were considered before the decision was made to make the scheme permanent.
Blue Badge holders are exempt from the scheme and can use Atlas Road and Raymend 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 Raymend Road or Atlas Road, or if you or your child are a blue badge holder. We are pleased that many 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 be eligible for an exemption. Please visit our resident and carer permit page here, which includes details on how to apply.
A Bristol School Streets phone line has been set up to accommodate exceptional requests where access is required at a given time. By calling 0117 357 6228 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.
For other queries
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