Somerdale junction will be tackled this autumn, worried residents told

May 05 2017
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Residents concerned about the safety of an increasingly busy junction in Keynsham have been told a long-term solution will be delivered by autumn.

Residents concerned about the safety of an increasingly busy junction in Keynsham have been told a long-term solution will be delivered by autumn.

People living near the junction of Station Road and Chandos Road, which also provides access to the Somerdale site, contacted Keynshamvoice in March to raise their concerns that temporary barriers were still in place years after development of the housing estate had begun.

They also called for Taylor Wimpey to fulfil promises for a pedestrian crossing to Keynsham Station and presented a petition to Bath and North East Somerset Council urging the local authority and developer to “work together to quickly improve the junction of Chandos Road and Station Road which we feel to be unsafe for pedestrians, motorists and other road users”.

In response, the council has said a solution will be implemented in autumn this year while, in the meantime, temporary safety barriers have been installed at the entrance to the Somerdale site in a bid to slow traffic, which will be monitored.

Ward councillor Charles Gerrish said: “The problems with this junction have been a long-running challenge which I and fellow councillor Brian Simmons have been pressing council officers to resolve for many months, and so I am pleased there is a recognition that the original junction design needs to be reviewed.

“I also welcome the fact that the council has put a timescale on finding a permanent resolution, with council officers stating that they want to work with Taylor Wimpey to agree a design and enable work to commence by autumn this year. 

“I understand the concerns residents have and share their frustration in not finding a solution sooner, and Brian and I are doing all we can to get this matter resolved.  A separate meeting with residents of Priory Road has also been held with council officers to discuss the concerns they have over parking and other related matters.”

Designs for the layout of the junction are now being redrawn as residents and council officers have raised concerns that the original plan for traffic lights, along with a light-controlled pedestrian crossing in Station Road, could affect traffic flow.Taylor Wimpey and the council are now working on an alternative design that would avoid the need for new planning consent and further delays to the scheme.

Resident David Biddleston said: “I’m very pleased that the council have given us a start date and residents will certainly be holding them to that. It was good to receive the assurance that they do care about our safety although it has taken them over three years.”