Bristol School Streets: Whitehall Primary School

Bristol City Council and Whitehall Primary School are working together to make the journey to school safer.

As of November 2021, Bristol City Council has successfully launched the School Streets scheme with four primary schools in the city, and we are now looking to extend this to Whitehall Primary School.

The main aims of Bristol School Streets are to:

  • lower the volume of traffic around the school gates
  • improve road safety for pupils and their families
  • encourage more pupils to walk, wheel, cycle or scoot to school
  • improve the air quality and environment at the school gates, making it a more pleasant space for everyone.
Map showing School Streets in place on Johnsons Lane, Woodcroft Avenue and Johnsons Road. A new one way system to be in place on Johnsons Lane and Woodcroft Avenue with access from Johnsons Lane only.
  • To reduce traffic danger and congestion in the area, Bristol City Council is proposing to turn a section of Johnsons Lane, a section of Johnsons Road and Woodcroft Avenue into a walking, wheeling, cycling and scooting-only zone at school start and finish times.

    The exact timings of the closure are subject to change but are likely to be between 08:30 – 09:15 in the morning and 15:10 – 15:45 in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday during term-time only. During these times emergency services vehicles and Blue Badge holders will be permitted access to these streets.

    The proposals also include the introduction of a one-way on Woodcroft Avenue going southbound, and the existing one way on Johnsons Lane would be extended up to Oakleigh Avenue. Signs at the entrances to the scheme will inform drivers of the restrictions, which will include an ‘Except Cycles’ notice. This one-way system will be in place 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

  • The introduction of a one way on Woodcroft Avenue is necessary to prevent motorists travelling northbound on Woodcroft Avenue from becoming trapped at the junction with Johnsons Lane where they would meet a no entry point. This would leave these motorists with no choice but to reverse or turn in the road to travel back down Woodcroft Avenue, thus causing a hazard.

    In addition, introducing a one-way on Woodcroft Avenue will reduce the number of entry points to the ‘School Street’ zone from three to two, which is expected to improve compliance and traffic circulation in the immediate area.

    With the introduction of a southbound one way on Woodcroft Avenue, motorists will already be restricted from travelling eastbound on Johnsons Lane from Woodcroft Avenue to Oakleigh Avenue, and therefore it is necessary to extend the existing one-way.

    It is considered that a part time one-way system would be confusing and, therefore, the above one-way arrangements will be in force 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

  • The schemes can be enforced by the police. The penalty for ignoring the prohibition is a fixed penalty notice. Advanced warning signs will be installed, and barriers will be placed at the entrance to the scheme, and monitored by school staff and Bristol City Council staff. All vehicles already parked in the zone before the times of operation will be able to exit without incurring a fixed penalty notice.

  • Residents within the School Streets zone will be able to exit their road during the zone’s operational hours, but we will ask that they avoid returning by car to help limit the number of vehicles on the road.

    We hope that the proposed changes will improve the traffic conditions outside of the school gates. We understand from local people that parking at school start and finish times has been an ongoing issue and, by introducing a School Streets zone and closing the road for short periods of time, we can improve road safety and tackle congestion.

  • School Streets will make it easier for Blue Badge holders to access the school by reducing traffic outside the school gates. Those holding a valid Blue Badge will be exempt from the restrictions but should still avoid parking on school ‘keep clear’ zigzag markings. We will 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 will ask people with additional access requirements and those with disabilities to contact the Bristol School Streets team 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, unless you or your child are a Blue Badge holder or have access needs.  We are pleased that parents at our existing Bristol School Streets schools are embracing the scheme and are choosing to walk, cycle or scoot where possible.

  • No, they must be inside the area before it comes into operation. Only staff who have a Blue Badge will be exempt.

  • Yes – if you are a carer who regularly supports a resident within the zone, you may be eligible for an exemption. A Bristol School Streets phone line has been set up to accommodate exceptional requests where access is required at a given time.

  • Any deliveries will need to adhere to the School Street times of operation. Deliveries should be scheduled outside of closure times, where possible. During the times of operation, delivery drivers can park on surrounding streets and still make deliveries by foot. On occasions where this is not possible, for example if you’re moving home or having a large and heavy item delivered, you will be able to use the Bristol School Streets phone line to request access.

  • Bristol School Streets aims to encourage and prioritise a safe environment around schools to allow for walking, cycling and scooting. Parents and carers who feel they need to drive will need to park legally nearby and walk the remainder of the journey.

  • We will be working with the school to promote active travel to school, which includes walking, wheeling, cycling and scooting. Where possible, we will look to identify a suitable park and stride location, where parents/carers can park nearby and walk the last part of their journey. This isn’t always possible, and we will be working with the school to explore alternative options, such as Walking Buses.

    Evidence suggests that where School Streets have been implemented, the result is a reduction in car use rather than displacement to surrounding streets. We will continue to monitor the impact of the scheme once it has been implemented.

  • The street should be visibly calmer, safer and cleaner during these times. Data will be collected and compared before and after the scheme on modes of travel to school, traffic counts, collision data, parking surveys and feedback from the school and local community.

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