Cash earmarked for one-way trial on Keynsham High Street
Published on: 05 Feb 2016
A one-way system along Keynsham High Street will finally be put to the test, with funding for the scheme announced by Bath and North East Somerset Council.
The proposal has been under discussion for many years as a means of improving the area for shoppers and possibly helping traffic flow through the centre of the town.
Now funding for a trial has been earmarked as part of the council’s budget for 2016/17, which will cover costs such as monitoring and evaluating the scheme as well as consulting with the community.
Keynsham councillor Charles Gerrish, who is also the council’s cabinet member for finance and efficiency, said: “Trialling a one-way system on Keynsham High Street was one part of the council’s transport strategy which particularly received public support.
“It’s something which has been discussed in the town for a number of years as a way of making the town centre more pedestrian-friendly and potentially improving traffic flow as well.
“By undertaking a trial scheme this will allow the council to test how well a one-way system would work in practice without incurring the full expense of a permanent scheme.
“It will also give residents the chance to give their views on the operation of the scheme before a decision is taken on whether it should be implemented on a permanent basis.
“Further details of the trial, including when it will take place, will be released once they are finalised.”
The cabinet will be meeting on February 10 to finalise its proposals for the 2016/17 budget, which could also include a council tax increase of 1.25 per cent for B&NES residents, raising around £1 million extra.
Council leaders say this would help protect frontline services and meet the rising costs of caring for an ageing population in the face of funding cuts for councils from central government.
Keynsham Town Council set its 2016/17 budget at its January 19 meeting, during which it agreed a 5 per cent increase of its precept, representing an extra £1.59 for the year on the council tax bill for a Band D household.