Kellaway Avenue / Wellington Hill West Junction Refurbishments

Closed 14 Nov 2021

Opened 18 Oct 2021

Feedback updated 4 Feb 2022

We asked

Between 18 October and 14 November 2021 Bristol City Council conducted an engagement survey asking about the proposed road safety improvement works at the crossroad junction between Kellaway Avenue and Wellington Hill West. As part of the signal’s refurbishment, the proposal was to provide all-round pedestrian facilities by installing new crossings on Kellaway Avenue to the south of the crossroads and Wellington Hill to the west. This would also provide safe crossing points across a busy junction along Horfield Common.

The survey asked residents, businesses and anyone who uses the junction about the level of support for the proposed traffic signal work and focused on two specific elements - tree removal and the safety of the junction.

How we engaged

To ensure the survey reached as wide an audience as possible:

  • 1766 letters were sent out to residents and local businesses in the area explaining the proposals and with a direct link to the survey   
  • Paper copies with a free post envelope were available on request via an email address or phone number
  • Posters were put up in the local area to raise awareness of the survey
  • Online survey was compatible with word reader software
  • Local stakeholders and community groups were emailed asking for their views
  • All local councillors were contacted with a link to the survey and asked to promote it to interested parties.

You said

A total of 141 completed responses were received from the survey. The headline findings are:

  • Over 70% of respondents thought the proposals to improve the Kellaway Avenue / Wellington Hill West traffic signal junction was excellent and very good.
  • Thinking about the removal of a tree on the northwest corner of the junction and planting of 8 trees along Wellington Hill West over 50% thought it was excellent and very good, with 14% thinking it was poor or very poor.
  • 80% agreed that the safety of the junction would be improved if the proposals are carried out.
  • 96 free text comments were received and 24 supported the proposals, 5 objected and the other comments asked about waiting restrictions on the junction, crossing facilities (all green phase), junction movements (ban left turn needs to be clearer), rat running (in Abbots Way), cycling improvements needed and need slower traffic speeds.

We did

The feedback from this survey along with the engagement with local stakeholders, ward members and community groups has been reviewed. As the results showed support for the work the signal refurbishment the detailed design will proceed with a view towards starting construction in Spring 2022.

The new signal sequence will run for all 4 pedestrian crossings with all traffic stopped on red which will help with the issue of drivers who currently ignore the banned turns. After the new layout has been implemented the junction will be monitored and reviewed.    

The full engagement report is available here.


We are proposing to carry out some proposed road safety improvement works at the crossroad junction with Kellaway Avenue and Wellington Hill. 

The traffic signals at this junction need replacing due to their age and condition. The current layout also only provides pedestrian crossings across two points of the junction – across Kellaway Avenue on the north side and across Wellington Hill on the west side. This needs improving to ensure that priority is given to pedestrians and that the infrastructure is accessible to all, including pedestrians and disabled people. 

We have also received numerous requests for additional crossings here from the public, who have reported that they find it difficult and dangerous to cross currently. Therefore, as part of the signals refurbishment, we are looking to provide all-round pedestrian facilities by installing new crossings on Kellaway Avenue to the south of the crossroads and Wellington Hill to the west. This will provide safe crossing points across a busy junction along Horfield Common. This is shown on the plan.

Tree Proposal

We are committed to making space for nature in Bristol and we recognise the importance of trees both to the look and feel of neighbourhoods, and in tackling the climate and ecological emergencies we face. Removal of trees is therefore our least preferred option, but to enable these crossings to be installed and to ensure people can cross safely, we are proposing to remove a mature Common Lime tree on the northwest corner of the crossroad junction. This is because the tree would present a significant road safety issue as it obscures the view between pedestrians and drivers. Removing this tree would also improve the left turn movement for buses turning from Kellaway Avenue northbound. The buses currently struggle to make the turn when a vehicle is waiting at the Wellington Hill West stop line. 

We have been working with the Bristol Tree Forum to mitigate the loss of this tree, and plans have been drawn up to plant eight small-leaved lime replacement trees. These are proposed to be set back from the pavement along Wellington Hill West, which will allow a new avenue of trees to establish. This is shown in the following plan:

Road Safety

This junction has also suffered with accidents and we are therefore keen to provide a safer junction and to encourage walking. These proposals will help to achieve this by improving junction visibility and turning movements which will encourage walking along the common and allow a new avenue of trees to establish along Wellington Hill West.

Get involved

For an opportunity to have a say about these proposal review the plans and fill in the short survey below. You can also reply with any comments you have using the contact details below.

If you have a comment, question or you would like this information in a paper version, another language, Braille, audio tape, large print, easy English, BSL video or CD Rom or plain text please contact us:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 0117 9036449 and leave a message on the answerphone
  • Write to: Kellaway Avenue / Wellington Hill West Junction, Transport Engagement Team, PO BOX 3399, 100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 9NE 

What happens next



  • Horfield


  • All residents


  • Traffic and transportation