'Game-changing' transport schemes for Keynsham take step forward

November 08 2017

“Game-changing” transport schemes for the Keynsham area have taken a step forward with a deal to spend more than £400,000 on looking into improvements to the Hicks Gate roundabout to reduce congestion.

“Game-changing” transport schemes for the Keynsham area have taken a step forward with a deal to spend more than £400,000 on looking into improvements to the Hicks Gate roundabout to reduce congestion.

A second study will investigate the potential for a rapid transit scheme – including options for an underground link – between Keynsham and Bristol city centre.

The projects will be funded as part of a £6 million investment by the West of England Combined Authority into looking at ways to keep the region moving, which won unanimous backing from local council leaders and metro mayor Tim Bowles on October 30.

As a result, work can begin on a £460,000 business case to look into reducing peak-time delays at Hicks Gate, including the potential for a new link from the A4174 ring road to the A4 Keynsham bypass that could remove many cars from the roundabout. The scheme will take into account any future link between the A4 and A37 as well as the proposed relocation of Brislington Park and Ride.

Meanwhile, a feasibility study into a rapid transport scheme to link the Keynsham area with Bristol city centre will also get the green light.

Tim Warren, Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, backed the plans alongside Bristol mayor Marvin Rees and South Gloucestershire Council leader Matthew Riddle, telling the WECA meeting that the rapid transit scheme would be “a real game-changer”.

Welcoming the proposals ahead of the meeting, he said: “The A4 between Bristol and Bath is well known as one of the busiest roads in our region, and Hicks Gate roundabout in particular is notorious for causing tailbacks at peak times. It’s therefore very positive news that the West of England Combined Authority is looking at improvements to this roundabout to increase road capacity and get traffic moving.

“Alongside this, we are also looking at longer-term plans to improve journeys, such as extending the A4174 Avon Ring Road to link with the A37 and south Bristol. Road improvements such as these are essential to supporting economic growth and ensuring we have the infrastructure to meet our region’s growing population. Together with the other transport measures being considered by the West of England Combined Authority, including bus and rail improvements, this could represent a real game-changer for transport in the Keynsham area.”

Other studies that will receive some of the £6m funding include those that will look at an orbital road between Whitchurch and Hengrove, the construction of a link road to the east of Bath and potential improvements to Temple Meads station.

Tim Bowles, West of England mayor, said: “Over the next 20 years the West of England Combined Authority aims to transform transport in the region. We need to address underlying transport issues while enabling the sustainable delivery of new housing and employment growth.  The investment we are proposing to make in these specific projects forms part of a long-term commitment to getting the region moving.”

To find out more, visit www.westofengland-ca.org.uk