What a traffic sensitive street is and where they are in Bristol

What a traffic sensitive street is

A traffic sensitive street is a street where roadworks will cause delays and disruption to road users.  Traffic sensitive streets include streets:

  • which are used by more than 500 vehicles per hour per lane
  • that link to major routes 
  • that are major public transport routes

Traffic sensitive streets in Bristol

There are streets in Bristol that are classified as traffic sensitive streets under section 64 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 Go to https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1991/22/section/64 (opens new window). We coordinate roadworks so that traffic can move as freely as possible. 

We can restrict working times and add specific conditions for roadworks on these streets. Restrictions can apply on certain:

  • times of the day
  • days of the week
  • days of the year

If roadworks will be at the same time as other planned roadworks:

  • the roadworks must be rescheduled
  • appropriate or alternative traffic control used if applicable such as portable traffic lights
  • or sites should be shared

If planned roadworks are between 7.30am and 9.30am or 4.30pm and 6.30pm a longer notice period is needed so that we can communicate and coordinate the roadworks to road users. See roads and highway licences to apply for roadworks permissions. 

Traffic sensitive streets map

This map shows the location of and restrictions on all traffic sensitive streets in Bristol.