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VIVALDI Report Summary

Project ID: 11958
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH
Country: United Kingdom

Access and safety in an inner city area in Bristol (UK)

Result description
The seven streets comprising the Dings Home Zone were comprehensively redesigned using best international practice. Residents have been involved throughout the whole process. The Home Zone has changed the balance of use of the street from being vehicle dominated to a more equitable social space, completely open to pedestrians and other non-motorised users. Two Community Travel Workers (CTWs) have been recruited and worked in the Dings Home Zone on travel awareness and marketing campaigns in other targeted areas. Walking and Cycling infrastructure is improved in targeted areas and corridors. Linking of provision to other project measures e.g. integration of corridors to Home Zones and Clear Zones. Six schemes have been successfully implemented including the extended Bristol-Bath railway path, integrating the path within the Dings Home Zone, and Crox Bottom linking with the Showcase bus corridor.

Main innovative features/benefits (technical/commercial success factors)
Use of innovative approaches to design and implement the Home Zone include: - Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS), a permeable paving system: rainwater falls on the highway surface to follow its natural course and drain into the sub grade and not into a piped sewer system. The Dings scheme is one of the first and also the largest areas of permeable paving SUDS in the adopted highway in the United Kingdom and is the first area that the Highway Authority has been prepared to adopt and maintain in Bristol. - Dings Home Zone Artwork: - Residents Parking Scheme Consultation: The proposal for a permit controlled parking regime that does not rely on enforcement by visible lines showing where vehicles cannot be parked is a new concept for the UK.

Market or application sectors & Possible applications
The Home Zone concept has been implemented in other parts of Europe, but several aspects of The Dings Home Zone make it a good model for future work in other cities: - The community involvement process has helped to demonstrate the positive impact residents can have on local transport projects and has increased the enthusiasm they have for helping to improve their local environment. The Environmental Performance Team at Bristol City Council propose to promote the use of the permeable paving - SUDS in new developments by using The Dings Home Zone as a case study. Developments submitted for planning approval are being encouraged to install SUDS where seen as an appropriate solution for drainage of the urban environment.

CTW helped to facilitate communication as well as acting as a central point of contact for information on all aspects of the project. Potential barriers The Dings Home Zone: - Complex legal matters relating to Traffic Regulation Orders both the temporary orders required to enable the road closures that facilitated construction of the works and the permanent orders to regulate the use of the adopted highway that is the completed scheme.

- Liaison with all utility providers in the area regarding schedules of major maintenance work

- Location of both existing over ground and underground public utility plant. This has restricted possible layouts of the streetscape and required diversion works have significantly affected delivery programme and available budget.

- Resolving future maintenance issues with local authority departments especially those traditionally looking after the adopted highway.

- Technical issues related to the use and adoption of new types of material in the public highway.

- Parking provision is a key issue in the development of Home Zones. Lack of resource or community consensus required to develop the proposed controlled parking zone (or resident’s parking scheme), which could endanger the effectiveness of the innovative positive parking design of the Home Zone.

- Need to source additional capital funding to enable more of the masterplan to be completed.

- Minimising disruption, parking displacement and maintaining vehicular access to core residential streets during the construction phases. Also during the construction phases being unable to control and legally enforce available parking in favour of local residents.

- The impact of new property developments that were initialised, designed and constructed during or after the masterplan had been developed. This affected both the final layout and construction programme that could be undertaken.

- The long gestation period from concept to design and the design to full construction was affected by natural turn over of residents. The project of the CTWs was fortunate to have a very low staff turn-over rate in one of the two posts, which allowed the residents to get to know and trust one individual, helping to foster further support and participation in the process. Within the walking & cycling project, land procurement took longer than envisaged.

Reported by

Bristol City Council, Planning, Transport and Sustainable Development
Transport Initiatives Group, Floor 1, Wilder House, Wilder Street
BS2 8PH Bristol
United Kingdom
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