Bristol City Council and Victoria Park Primary School 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 Victoria Park Primary School 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 2021 Atlas Road and Raymend Road will be 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 will be permitted to access Atlas Road and Raymend Road.
The direction of the existing one-way system on Raymend Road will also be reversed; the new system will run northbound, away from St John’s Lane and will be in force 24 hours per day, seven days per week for the duration of the pilot.
There will also be the introduction of a new one-way system on the lower part of Kensal Road. This will also be northbound in direction, away from Atlas Road and will just include the short section of road between Atlas Road and Kensal Avenue. This will also be in force 24 hours per day, seven days per week for the duration of the pilot.
The reasons for introducing these one-way systems are firstly to allow residents to be able to exit Raymend Road and Kensal Road during the timed road closure periods. Secondly the introduction of these one-way systems in the directions mentioned above should also prevent drivers from driving down Raymend Road and Kensal Road and getting trapped when discovering the road closure, which should avoid people having to make dangerous turns in the road.
Residents of Atlas Road and Raymend Road will be permitted to leave Atlas Road and/or Raymend 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 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 and by introducing Bristol School Streets and closing the road for short periods of time, we can improve road safety and tackle congestion.
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 an hour in the morning at school start time and an hour in the afternoon at school end time. The exact timings of the closure are between 08:15-09:15 in the morning and 15:00-16:00 in the afternoon, Monday to Friday, during term time only.
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. 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 Tuesday 15 June 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 15 June 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
Comments and objections can be 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-1205
If you wish to comment, you should include your name and address and note that representations received may be considered in public by Bristol City Council. Any representation together with the name and address of the person making it could become available for public inspection.
We are also gathering your general views on the proposals which can be done by taking part in a short survey. The survey can be accessed at bristol.gov.uk/victoriaparkprimary. 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.