Long-awaited Somerdale junction work to get under way

December 01 2017

More than five months of roadworks to transform the entrance to the Somerdale site have begun.

More than five months of roadworks to transform the entrance to the Somerdale site have begun.

Taylor Wimpey has unveiled plans to residents that will overhaul the junction of Keynsham Road, Chandos Road, Priory Road and the entrance to the new estate.

People living around the site demanded urgent action from the developer earlier this year, telling Keynshamvoice they felt the junction was dangerous as cars cut across the top of Chandos Road to access Somerdale despite temporary barriers. They also called on the firm to fulfil promises for a pedestrian crossing to Keynsham Station.

The new scheme, work on which began on November 27 with the realignment of Somerdale Road just inside the gates, will involve closing off the southern ends of Chandos and Priory Roads and rerouting existing residents through the Somerdale site. A new signal controlled pedestrian crossing will be installed at the junction as well as near the station.

The works will also create a right-turn lane from Keynsham Road into Somerdale as well as dedicated left and right-turn lanes for traffic leaving the Somerdale site. Two new bus stops and improved street lighting will also be installed.

Access to the junction from Priory Road and Chandos Road is due to be closed off from February 5 after a turning point in Priory Road has been completed, and the closed section of Chandos Road will become a cycleway.

From January 29, motorists will see temporary traffic lights on Keynsham Road as work is carried out in phases on the footpaths on both sides until May 7. Resurfacing will then be carried out overnight on Keynsham Road, Somerdale Road and Station Road until May 8.

Somerdale project director Adrian Slade said he was confident the new scheme addressed residents’ safety concerns.

“The closure of Chandos Road and Priory Road will mean all existing residents will come to the junction from just one direction while the toucan crossings and islands will make it safer to cross and access the station, which is what we’ve planned all along.

“We wanted everybody to draw breath and be confident from doing due diligence that we’ve considered the alternatives and now we have the best solution for Somerdale.”

Future road improvements around the site will include a right-turn lane into Avon Mill Lane and a left-turn lane into Bath Hill at the other end, he said. There will also be parking restrictions within the Somerdale development to prevent rail commuters leaving their cars.