Frome Town Council is working with Somerset Council and Sustrans on the Frome Safer School Streets project. The team has been engaging with the community to find a workable solution to safer streets around our schools.
Safer School Streets November project update
While we have experienced delays in getting the technical sign-off required from Somerset Council, we expect construction work of the Sustrans funded Quiet Way along Oakfield and Somerset Roads to begin at the end of November/ start of December 2023. The infrastructure works are expected to take 8-12 weeks to complete.
Updated designs will be available on this page as soon as they have been signed off by Somerset Highways, as well as a schedule of any road closures associated with the construction works over this period.
The Frome Safer School Streets trial will begin on 15 April 2024 for a period of 18 months. Planters, street patterns and signage will be installed in the Easter holidays. Frome Town Council is working closely with the schools involved to prepare for the trial. For more details, read the information below or jump to our FAQs.
Pre-trial surveys are now open for residents, parents and school staff. The survey aims to understand your current experience of these streets, to measure change throughout the trial.
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What is a ‘Safer School Street’?
A Safer School Street is an area that limits vehicle access during school pickup and drop-off making it safer for people to walk, cycle or scoot to school. All residents who live in the Safer School Streets area will still be able to access their street without restriction as will buses, emergyency services and people with disabilities. School staff will be able to access the car parks, to minimise cars parked on the street. All families heading to school will be asked to either walk, cycle, scoot or where not possible, to park and stride a short distance.
The aims of the trial are to increase safety outside the school gates, reduce toxic air pollution, and increase active travel contributing to the wellbeing of children and their families.
Where will the School Streets be?
The identified Safer School Streets zone will serve 4 schools and over 1500 children – Oakfield Academy, Trinity First School, Critchill School, and Avanti Park. Sections of Oakfield Road and Nunney Road will have limited vehicle access at drop-off and pick-up times, Monday – Friday, and a 20 mph limit will be introduced along all adjoining roads.
How will it happen?
There are three stages to implementing the trial:
Stage 1 – Co-Design A series of events to co-design the changes before we trial them- now complete.
Stage 2 – Implementation Highways infrastructure works will be implemented during Autumn term 2023 including the extension of the existing 20 mile per hour zone. The Safer School Streets trial will then begin after Easter holidays in 2024. The trial will last for 18 months, and during that time we will collect feedback from schools, local residents, businesses and the wider community.
Stage 3 – Decision Decide, with the community, whether the Safer School Street zone should be a permanent fixture. It is key that residents engage with the plans and share their local knowledge and feedback to deliver safer streets for our whole community
What stage are we at?
We are fast approaching Stage 2. Frome Town Council, Sustrans and Somerset Council have made the final changes to the draft design of the scheme based on the feedback received.
These designs were taken to the Frome Town Council meeting on 7 December 2022 and the scheme was approved in principle.
The designs are now being reviewed by the Highways Authority and will be adapted to address any issues arising from safety audits and in response to cost estimations of the work. We expect this process to be completed and final designs to be available to view in October 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
View FAQs and the full response to the Safer School Streets consultation:
How we reached this point
Safer School Streets Consultation
In September and October 2021 Frome Town Council and Sustrans ran a series of seven community co-design events to inform the design of a School Streets scheme around Trinity, Critchill, Oakfield and Avanti schools and Bright Stars Nursery.
Frome Town Council ran a public consultation on the draft School Streets design from 4th April – 4th May 2022. This included an online survey via Commonplace, two drop-in sessions at Frome Town Hall and several outdoor sessions outside the schools throughout the month.
The draft design and consultation responses are still available to view via Commonplace although the consultation is now closed.
Between September and November 2021 seven co-design events were held in various locations and online providing an opportunity for members of the public to share their thoughts and participate in co-designing the Frome School Streets scheme.
Between 4th April and 4th May the draft was available to review and comment on online and in person at Frome Town Hall. Drop-in sessions were also held at the Town Hall on 7th and 20th April and at the crossroads of Nunney Road and Oakfield Road on the 5th, 26th and 27th April.
There were further opportunities to discuss the plans as a Slow Way was added and as the designs changed subject to feedback.
Designs are now being finalised based on Somerset Highway Authority’s safety audit and the final budget.
If you have any questions about School Streets that aren’t answered on this page, please email us.