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Road safety trial begins on Wednesday outside Ashton Gate Primary in Upton Road

A road safety trial redirecting traffic away from a south Bristol primary school will begin on Wednesday (15 February).
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, announced in December last year that Upton Road will be closed between Raleigh Road and Greenway Bush Lane for up to 18 months, to allow Bristol City Council and the community to assess the impact of the experimental closure outside Aston Gate Primary School’s annexe site.
The temporary barriers, using planters from Blaise Nursery, will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the trial on the 20-metre stretch of road. Comments will be invited during the first six months of the closure to help determine the best permanent solution for vehicle access.
Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:
“We’ve been talking with the school and community about road safety improvements in Upton Road since the new school site opened in 2015. The road has been narrowed to reduce the length of the pedestrian crossing for pupils but we still noticed drivers cutting across the wider footways at junctions, leaving a serious safety risk for children and staff moving between sites for lessons. Having looked at all the options to improve the walking environment, we think the experimental closure of this short section is the best way forward. We will be monitoring the results closely.”
Comments about the closure should be made by emailing and there is further information on the traffic regulation process at