Transport strategy to keep Keynsham on the move unveiled

July 03 2015

A one-way sytem in the High Street, an overhaul of the busy Hick’s Gate roundabout and a raft of changes at Keynsham’s busiest junctions are all proposals set to be unveiled as part of a plan to tackle congestion in the town over the coming years.

A one-way sytem in the High Street, an overhaul of the busy Hick’s Gate roundabout and a raft of changes at Keynsham’s busiest junctions are all proposals set to be unveiled as part of a plan to tackle congestion in the town over the coming years.

Bath and North East Somerset Council leaders are set to reveal a new transport strategy for the town, called Getting Around Keynsham, at the new administration’s first Cabinet meeting on July 8 at 4pm.

The document has been drawn up after residents, councillors and community groups had their say on a draft strategy published earlier this year.

It looks at all aspects of travel around the town, from walking and cycling to cars, buses and trains, parking and travel plans for those who commute to work in Keynsham.

Among the schemes the strategy recommends as a priority for the town are improving the Bath Hill, Wellsway and Bath Road junction with signals; carrying out a trial one-way system in the High Street this year; commissioning a study at Hick’s Gate; carrying out an audit of pedestrian routes in the town centre; improving cycle routes to schools; and working with bus operators to simplify fares.

A key target is to reduce the proportion of Keynsham residents driving to work to below 60 per cent by 2021, says the strategy. The document also recommends maintaining the current supply of off-street parking.

Councillor Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Bath and North East Somerset’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Getting around Keynsham easily is fundamental to the successful economy and wellbeing of the town, its residents and employees.  We’re keen to improve access to the town centre and its retail and leisure facilities.

“Our new administration is committed to reducing traffic congestion in and around Keynsham. We want to ensure the town retains its independence and its separate identity within such an attractive rural setting by becoming a more sustainable, desirable and well-connected place in which to live and work.”

Overall, the Getting Around Keynsham transport strategy aims to:

  • Minimise any future increase in traffic congestion; improving air quality and reducing vehicle carbon emissions
  • Support and enable the local economy; widening access to opportunities: jobs, learning, training, leisure and other local facilities;
  • Ensure that all traffic management and pedestrian schemes are designed to take mobility needs into account.
  • Widen travel choice; working with operators on improving connections, particularly to improved rail services and the town centre.

For more details of the Getting Around Keynsham transport plan, visit the council’s website at www.bathnes.gov.uk.  The Cabinet meeting on July 8 will also be broadcast live on the website.