School run traffic ban and one-way streets planned near two Fishponds schools

December 30 2021
School run traffic ban and one-way streets planned near two Fishponds schools

TRAFFIC could be banned at school run times and two roads made permanently one-way as part of a scheme to improve safety.

Bristol City Council has announced plans for School Street zones outside Chester Park Junior School (above) and Minerva Primary Academy to "create a temporary walking, wheeling, cycling and scooting zone" to keep vehicles away at pick-up and drop-off.

The Chester Park scheme would create a traffic-free zone on a section of Abingdon Road from Moorlands Road to the junction of Acton Road from 8.30-9.10am and 2.50-3.30pm on school days, during term-time only.

But as part of the proposals a one-way system would be introduced northbound on Acton Road, which would be operational at all times.

The Minerva Primary Academy scheme in Hillfields would involve closing The Greenway and a section of Cherrytree Crescent to "non-essential vehicles" between the same hours on week days during school term times.

It includes the introduction of a permanent one-way system on The Greenway from Hillfields Avenue to Summerleaze, and on Cherrytree Road.

Announcing a consultation on both schemes, which runs until January 7, the council said: "The aims of the proposed scheme are to tackle congestion, unsafe parking and air pollution at the school gates and to make it safer and easier to walk, wheel, cycle and scoot to school.

"It should also reduce the impacts of school traffic for local residents.

"Residents living within the area will be able to exit the School Street zone in their vehicles at all times, but we will ask that they avoid re-entering the zone during the short period of times the scheme is in operation. Emergency vehicles and Blue Badge holders will have access to the School Street zone at all times."

The idea has been welcomed by school leaders.

Chester Park Federation head teacher Mike McNama said: "We are excited to be offered the opportunity to make the roads around Chester Park a safer place for the children and parents when dropping off and picking up.

"This will benefit residents, as fewer parents/carers will block driveways. 

"We will work alongside Bristol City Council and all stakeholders to do all we can to make sure the scheme runs as smoothly as possible. 

"As well as making the area directly outside of the school safer, we will continue to promote active travel for all our families. 

"Over recent years, there have been a number of near misses and negative interactions relating to parking.  I have written to parents and carers about the importance of parking and driving safely for over four years, in school newsletters, to promote safety for our community. 

"We have previously introduced a parking pledge which related to parents and carers parking safely and a short distance from the school. 

"We have a lot of families who walk, cycle or scoot to school on a daily basis and we look forward to increasing this number and promoting the health benefits." 

Welcoming the Minerva scheme, Kate Richardson, the executive principal of the Cabot Learning Federation, which runs the school, said: "We are delighted to have been successful in the school streets scheme.

"The community at Minerva Primary Academy have been working hard to ensure our pupils know how to stay safe both inside and outside of school, the closing of the streets at these key times will complement this very important work."

More details and surveys asking for views on the Chester Park scheme can be found here, while the Minerva scheme can be found here, on the consultations section of the city council website, bristol.citizenspace.com.

People who are not online can call 0117 922 2848 for more information.