Advice for education providers
Essential repair works to the Bromley Heath Viaduct section of the A4174 are due to commence on 24 July for up to 33 weeks. The road will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The following information will provide advice on what you can do to minimise the impact on your staff, pupils and parents.
What are the works and why do they need to happen?
The works are essential to maintain the safety of this section of the A4174 and include: pier strengthening, bearing replacement, drainage improvements, water proofing, parapet and safety fence replacement, concrete repairs, and abnormal load carrying capacity improvements.
In parallel we will also create a new cycle and pedestrian path which will be wider than the current one to help reduce incidents between users. We will also be adding a barrier between the path and the carriageway to reduce the risk of collisions with vehicles.
The works and why they are required are explained in more detail on the ‘Improvements to A4174’ page.
What your school or college can do to minimise the impact
Clear and wide communication
Spread the message far and wide. Engage your senior management team and cascade the information to all staff, parents and the wider school community. Update your website and staff intranet and noticeboard with information. Update guidance for new starters and visitors.
Set up a school travel page on your school website so that parents are aware of links to updates on road closures, bus timetables, cycle maps, any other relevant material.
Internal point of contact
Expect an increase in staff and parents reporting travel problems and make sure they have a clear person or place to go for help or referrals to other available support.
Core hours and flexible working
We realise teachers and support staff cannot work from home but consideration could be given to holding staff meetings at lunchtime to allow more time to get to work in the mornings. As an employer you can help staff avoid peak times by implementing a flexible approach that allows staff to work from home after lessons have finished, avoiding the evening rush hour.
Reducing trips made by car and promote other modes
The works are an opportunity for those living more locally to travel more actively, bringing a number of benefits to your staff and school community as well as reducing the number of vehicles travelling to your site. Make it clear that cycling and walking access will not be impacted by the works. Offer cycle storage facilities, encourage parents to launch a walking bus for pupils living locally.
Consider drop off or collection points that parents can use so that pupils can walk part of the way safely to and from school.
Ensure staff and parents are aware of the support the council can offer to encourage journeys to be made by walking, cycling or public transport – the Travelwest roadshow team and Road Safety Team are available to come to your site to provide more information and advice for staff, parents and pupils.
Breakfast and After School Clubs
Offer out of hours support to parents through a paid-for breakfast or after school club, or team up with an existing provider in your area to ensure pupils are on site on time and parents can continue their journeys to work.
Recruit an internal cycle champion
Champion(s) will help colleagues to travel by bike, the Access WEST project will support champions by offering cycle repair kits, Dr Bike sessions, bike maintenance training and led rides/confidence training. Contact email@example.com for more information.
How the Council can support you
Road Safety Education for your school community
- travel skills training aimed at primary school pupils includes; Safer Fitter Greener sessions for year 4, pedestrian training for year 5, route planning session for year 6, scooter training for years 3-6 during school time.
- Bikeability level 1, 2 and 3 cycle training for pupils in year 6 and above during school time.
- working in partnership with Living Streets, we offer a fully funded and resourced active travel incentive scheme encouraging children and parents to travel sustainably to school.
- Dr Bike cycle maintenance sessions are available, providing minor repairs to child and adult bikes so that they are fit for use.
- Dr Bike Sessions.
- bike maintenance sessions.
- to take advantage of these please contact our road safety team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Briefings from the Bromley Heath project team
Inform your management about the roadworks and take advantage of the Bromley Heath Viaduct team offering briefings to relevant managers within your company. Email Mike Dixon at email@example.com to schedule a briefing.
Providing up to date information on alternative routes and diversions
Alternative routes will be publicised in advance, circulated to businesses, signed on-road, and warnings will be provided across the strategic road network including all motorways serving the area. Details of the Traffic Management Plan will change over time – up to date information and maps can be found on our ‘Traffic Management’ page.
Financial grants to encourage walking and cycling
Apply for an employer grant for 50% of costs for staff travel facilities improvements, events, promotions or implementing new staff schemes. You can apply for anything that will encourage sustainable, active travel. For more details contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to free loan bikes
Staff can borrow a loan bike free for up to a month: electric bikes, commuter bike or fold-up bike loans which are provided from the council. Find out more at: betterbybike.info/start-cycling/get-a-bike/loanbikes.
Reducing the impact on schools
We have purposely planned these works to begin after schools have finished the summer term, to minimise the impact on pupils in particular those taking exams.
The contraflow will remain in place for the duration of the work programme for health and safety reasons but work is due to be completed by spring 2018, with the contraflow removed before exams begin in June.
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