One-way Keynsham High Street is on its way

March 03 2017
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Traffic flow around the centre of town is undergoing a major change as work gets under way on banning two-way traffic from Keynsham High Street.

Traffic flow around the centre of town is undergoing a major change as work gets under way on banning two-way traffic from Keynsham High Street.

Construction work began at the end of February on the scheme, which will test the impact of allowing only southbound traffic – from the Charlton Road junction to the Bath Hill junction – to travel along the main road.

The trial layout is expected to come into effect in May with Ashton Way remaining open to two-way traffic. All vehicles, except buses, taxis and bicycles, will have to turn left out of the High Street at the Bath Hill junction instead of continuing into Temple Street.

The project also includes a new southbound bus stop in the High Street, a cycle contraflow lane along the road to allow cyclists to go north, a light controlled crossing in Charlton Road and the removal of the Bath Hill roundabout.

Meanwhile work has also started on creating a new bus lay-by in Ashton Way, which is expected to take eight weeks from February 27 and will involve temporary traffic lights.

One-way High St

Councillor Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The idea of trialling a one-way system on Keynsham High Street is something which has been discussed for many years and also gained a lot of support among residents during the consultation into the Keynsham Transport Strategy as a way of improving the pedestrian environment in the town centre.

“The council’s Highways Design team has been working closely with ward councillors in Keynsham over the last couple of months to ensure that the proposed design for the trial will enable us to give the most accurate picture of traffic flows under the new arrangement.

“I am pleased to say that the inclusion of developer funding during this process has enabled construction of a new bus lay-by in Ashton Way and the signalisation of the pedestrian crossing on Charlton Road, both of which will have long-term benefits for Keynsham.”

The public will be able to give feedback throughout the trial, which could last up to 18 months, as part of a consultation and there will be updates on the scheme and opportunities to get involved at www.bathnes.gov.uk/keynsham

Local Lib Dem campaigners have already expressed disappointment that the High Street will not be completely pedestrianised. A spokesperson said: “It seems clear that Conservative B&NES Council has no intention of trialling full pedestrianisation of Keynsham High Street. A one-way High Street is not going to improve air quality, bring a pavement café culture, or enhance the shopping experience.”