Residents' views on transport to help keep Keynsham moving

Published on: 10 Oct 2014

Keynsham residents are being asked for their views on everything from parking and pedestrian crossings to traffic congestion and air pollution as the council puts together a strategy for transport in the town in years to come.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is drawing up a plan to ensure the town's transport system keeps residents and businesses well connected as Keynsham grows.

Residents will be able to share their views on local transport at two public consultation events this month.

The aims of the draft transport strategy, called Developing a Strategy For Keynsham, include:  

  • Minimising future increases in traffic congestion;
  • Supporting the local economy;
  • Promoting sustainable mobility, including better facilities for walkers and cyclists;
  • Widening travel choice and improving connections, particularly improved rail services;
  • Widening access to opportunities: jobs, learning, training, leisure and other local facilities;
  • Improving air quality and reducing vehicle emissions;
  • Improving the quality of life for residents and investing in the public realm;
  • Ensuring that all traffic management and pedestrian schemes are designed to take mobility needs in to account.

Cllr Caroline Roberts (LibDem, Newbridge), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet member for transport, said: “This is a very exciting time for Keynsham - the council is working with the local community to revitalise the town with new jobs and new homes, as well as a £34 million redevelopment of the town centre.
“To support this, and encourage future growth, it is essential that we look closely at the transport needs of the area and plan ahead. It is evident that traffic volumes and congestion are having a negative effect and we need to work together to look at how to address this.”

Priority measures proposed include:

  • Improved cycle routes to the main schools;
  • An audit of pedestrian facilities in the town centre and to/from the centre and railway station, with identification of improvements needed;
  • Continued work with bus operators about improved ticketing and simplified fare structures;
  • Improvement to Wellsway, Bath Hill, Bath Road junction;
  • New surveys of car park use and estimated of future parking demand;
  • A study of Hicks Gate roundabout.

Cllr Roberts continued: “This strategy will only be successful if local people, businesses and organisations are involved in its development.  This emerging draft strategy has involved dialogue with the Keynsham Development Advisory Group and Chamber of Commerce but we want to involve many more people from transport operators and users, the business community, local residents and interest groups. We want their views to help us develop the strategy further and start to put in place more detailed plans.”

The Council is organising two drop-in public events at Keynsham Rugby Club on October 20 and 21, from 4pm-9pm both days. Those who attend can find out more about the strategy and ask questions.

People who can’t attend but who are interested in the consultation can visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/keynshamtransportstrategy where they can find a copy of the draft strategy along with a questionnaire.Printed information and copies of the questionnaire are available by contacting 01225 394408 or emailing transportation@bathnes.gov.uk.

The closing date for views is November 12, 2014.

Comments received will be considered and the council's Cabinet will decide upon the strategy in the winter.

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