Keynsham Councillors welcome town’s new Transport Strategy

Keynsham’s Conservative Councillors have welcomed the publication of a new Transport Strategy for the town.

The ‘Getting Around Keynsham’ Transport Strategy has been significantly updated by B&NES Council’s new Conservative administration to reflect the views expressed by members of the public during the consultation into the original draft strategy, which took place at the end of last year.

Some of the key proposals within the updated strategy include:

  • A trial to introduce one-way operation in the High Street;
  • A study of Hick’s Gate roundabout to determine a suitable scheme to increase its capacity;
  • Providing two southbound lanes at the proposed A4175 Keynsham Road/ Avon Mill Lane signalised junction;
  • Converting the existing Bath Hill/Wellsway/Bath Road mini-roundabout to a signalised junction to increase its capacity;
  • Identifying priority cycling routes to and from Keynsham to build a cycling culture for people of all abilities;
  • Growth in rail services as part of MetroWest and other schemes to support significantly more rail journeys to and from Keynsham.

Welcoming the revised transport proposals, newly elected Councillor for Keynsham South, Lisa O’Brien (Cons), said:

“This updated transport strategy represents a significant improvement on the Council’s original proposals, and I’m pleased to see that the Council’s new administration has taken on board the comments made by members of the public during the initial consultation.

“Obviously these are long-term plans which will take time to deliver, but the very fact B&NES now has a Transport Strategy for Keynsham is a step in the right direction, and taken together these proposals should make a genuine difference to traffic and transport in our town in the years ahead.”

Keynsham North Councillor Brian Simmons (Cons), who is also Chairman of the town’s Dial-a-Ride service, added:

“Improving transport was a key commitment by local Conservatives at the recent elections. So I’m very pleased to see that this strategy recognises the need to create better linkages between different parts of our town, and also makes specific mention of the benefits of our local Dial-a-Ride service.

“It’s also good to see in there a number of proposed improvements to notorious traffic junctions, as well as a proposed trial of a one-way system on the High Street, which residents in Keynsham have wanted looked into for many years.”