Bristol City Council and Victoria Park Primary School are working together to pilot Bristol School Streets.
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 2021 Atlas Road and Raymend Road has been closed to motorised vehicle traffic between 08:15-09:15 in the morning and 15:00-16:00 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 was also reversed. The new system runs northbound, away from St John’s Lane and is in force 24 hours per day, seven days per week for the duration of the pilot.
A new one-way system was also introduced 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 for the duration of the pilot.
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 of Atlas Road and Raymend Road are permitted to leave Atlas Road and/or Raymend Road in their vehicles during the school streets zone operating times, but are being asked to avoid entering the zone during these short closure periods.
We hope that the proposed changes will improve the traffic conditions on Atlas Road, Raymend Road and neighbouring streets. We understand from local people that parking at school start and finish times has been an ongoing issue. By introducing Bristol School Streets and closing the road for short periods of time, we can help to improve road safety and tackle congestion in the area.
The Bristol School Streets pilot scheme launched in late May 2021 as an experimental trial lasting for up to 18 months. If deemed successful, it may become permanent by the introduction of a Traffic Regulation Order.
The streets should be visibly calmer and feel safer during these times. Data is being 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 will be considered before a decision on the future of the scheme is made.
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 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. 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.
Have Your Say
The eight month public consultation period closed in February 2022, and the results are being considered alongside other data collected both before and after the trial scheme was launched.
As part of our evaluation, we invited local residents, parents and carers, local businesses and others who use and visit the area to share their views by taking part in a short survey. The survey closed on 13 April 2022 and the results are now being analysed.
For other queries
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