One-way system for Keynsham High Street set to get green light for spring

Published on: 05 Aug 2016

A one-way system on Keynsham High Street is set to be introduced in spring 2017 in an experiment to improve the area for shoppers and tackle concerns about traffic in the town centre.

The £200,000 trial has been signed off by Bath and North East Somerset Council transport chief Councillor Anthony Clarke after officers recommended that funding for the scheme was approved.

As part of the trial, one carriageway will be temporarily closed to traffic and the extra space created dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists.

In a report published at the end of July, officers told Mr Clarke: “The implementation of a one-way scheme will reduce the volume of traffic passing through the High Street, which will improve air quality, improve the public realm, encourage walking and cycling by improving the pedestrian experience (with an anticipated increase in footfall and subsequent uplift in retail economic performance) and improved cycle routes, improve the image of Keynsham as a whole and enhance the Conservation Area.”

Historic England has identified the High Street, which is at the heart of the town’s Conservation Area, as “at risk”, the report adds.

The details of the scheme will be drawn up this year following approval, with the trial expected to start in mid-2017.

Monitoring of traffic flow, safety, air quality and surveys of those using the High Street will be carried out to assess the impact of the one-way system, with officers saying they expected it would lead to people staying in the area longer and spending more in the shops.

An experimental traffic regulation order (TRO), which can remain in place for a maximum of 18 months, will need to be drawn up to implement the scheme.

The report estimates the cost of making the changes permanent would be around £2 million, which would fund new paving, street furniture, signage, lighting and junction layouts.

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