Work on relocating Temple Street bus stops is halted

Published on: 06 Nov 2012

Work on relocating Temple Street bus stops is halted

Work to relocate bus stops in Temple Street has been halted, just weeks after it seemed agreement had been reached on the subject to site the stops outside the Riverside building. Temple Street

Workmen had installed a raised kerb opposite the walkway at the side of the office building but it was when they began to paint the yellow lines to mark the bus stop on Monday, November 5, that traders intervened.

The boxed-off area stretches into the existing on-street parking bay, which the shopkeepers had fought to protect.

One trader said: “The stop is about five or six metres closer to us than we expected. When we saw them painting a number of us went out on to the street to find out what was going on and work was then stopped.”

A Bath and North East Somerset Council spokesperson confirmed that the work had been halted for discussions to take place and that th authority would work with traders to get it right.

The position outside the Riverside building was chosen after the original plans to move it outside premises at 17-27 Temple Street sparked an outcry from the traders, concerned at the loss of parking spaces and the impact of buses waiting outside their businesses.

A second suggestion to move the buses to stops outside the boundary of Riverside House and St Keyna Court was opposed by residents there, Councillor Roy Staddon told the town council when the subject was debated with traders at its October meeting.

A spokesperson for Bath and North East Somerset Council said: “The works that are under way are consistent with the third option that Keynsham Town Council agreed.

“We have temporarily stopped work on the bus stop, which will enable us to have conversations with stakeholders over the following next few days.”

The bus stops are being moved from their current position opposite Iceland during the work to redevelop Keynsham town centre.

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