Calls for south Keynsham ring road to serve new estates

Published on: 05 Feb 2016

February 2016

Keynsham councillors have renewed calls for a relief road to directly link new homes in the south of Keynsham to a main route.

A direct link to Charlton Road from the Meadows development would ease growing pressure on residential streets in the area and the town centre, say councillors Alan Hale and Lisa O’Brien.

The proposed relief road would link Charlton Road to Park Road, running south of Abbotts Wood.

A number of housing developments are at various stages in the area, with The Meadows (K2B) and Bilbie Green (K2A) under construction and plans for Bloor Homes’ (see Page 4) and Persimmon Homes’ sites being drawn up.

The councillors have met with transport officers from Bath and North East Somerset Council to discuss the idea, urging them to make a relief road a condition of planning permission for new developments.

Cllr Hale said: “At the moment, residents in south Keynsham, especially those on Park Road and Dunster Road, are faced with increasing numbers of vehicles needing to access The Meadows development, including construction traffic.

“Not only does this send more traffic through residential streets and the town centre, but it’s also unfair on residents of The Meadows who have no direct access to Charlton Road.”

Cllr O’Brien added: “We’ve met with B&NES transport officers to discuss the need for action to be taken to reduce traffic in our town, including the idea of this relief road.

“While we are aware there isn’t a budget in place for this road at the moment, our hope would be that the council could leverage contributions from the developer to help fund the road.”

Comments (1)

  1. Judith halliday:
    Feb 05, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    As charlton Road is already a rat run during rush hour mornings and evenings I would suggest this is a very bad and ill conceived idea. My Husband had a few near misses trying to cross to the bus stop in the mornings and this will only be a much more serious situation if this idea is progressed. We will have all the traffic from Bilby green coming onto Charlton Roal as it is, creating its own hazards and now we are being told we can have the traffic from The Meadows too. Come on Councillors, think again !

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