Keynsham High Street reopens to traffic

April 01 2022
Keynsham High Street reopens to traffic

KEYNSHAM High Street has reopened to traffic for the first time since last June.

The one-way system has been reinstated after the completion of a public realm improvement scheme.

The changes comprise footpath widening and resurfacing, improved cycling and bus stop facilities, new street furniture, trees and planting, and better signs on the High Street between Bath Hill and Charlton Road.

The High Street scheme has been designed to allow traffic to flow more smoothly, with a new bus stop layby allowing cars to pass waiting buses.

Blue badge holders have three parking spaces with dropped kerbs, enabling wheelchair access to the pavement.

Four short-stay spaces have also been retained.

Two loading bays have been incorporated in the scheme and the layout of the Charlton Road junction has been designed with church services in mind.

The scheme is part of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s ambition to revitalise the town centre. The second phase will be to enhance Temple Street.

There have been reports on social media of people tripping or falling in the revamped High Street, with some posting negative comments about the surfaces and kerbs.

In response, Councillor Richard Samuel, B&NES Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economic development & resources, said: “Before the Keynsham High Street public realm scheme was implemented, the design went through a full consultation, road safety audit and technical review by the highways authority.

“The scheme complies with the legislation, specification and guidance that regulate the industries involved in both highway design and construction, including the new cycle infrastructure design guidance.

“The new, segregated northbound cycle lane is separated with bollards and a stepped kerb and we would encourage people to use the pedestrian crossings to cross the street safely.”