‘Mixed reaction’ to town centre pedestrian crossing plans

There has been a mixed reaction to plans by Bath and North East Somerset Council for three pedestrian crossings in and around the new Keynsham Town Centre.

The plans published by the Council include:

  • Creating a new pedestrian crossing on Bath Hill at the bottom of the steps from the new civic centre;
  • Creating a crossing on Temple Street near to the road into the multi-storey car park, where currently there are temporary lights;
  • Upgrading the zebra crossing on Rock Road by its junction with Temple Street to a light-controlled crossing.

The Lib Dem-run Council has faced criticism for the length of time it has taken to produce the plans for the road system around the town centre, with Conservative Councillors saying this work should have been completed weeks ago.

Whilst broadly welcomed the majority of the proposals, Conservative councillors in the town have voiced concerns over the lack of crossing facilities within the plans between the Costa coffee shop in the High Street and the junction of Rock Road and Temple Street.

Keynsham South Councillor Alan Hale (Cons), who also works as a senior road safety officer for a neighbouring authority, said:

“As these plans stand, anyone coming from the Post Office and wanting to access the library has to walk from the Post Office along the High Street to the crossing on Rock Road, then walk along Temple Street to reach the crossing near the Fire Station, then cross over to the Fire Station and walk back another fifty yards or more.

“Alternatively they would have to cross over on the High Street by the Post Office, then walk down to Bath Hill to the new crossing there, cross the road and then climb back up the hill or use the steep zig zag steps.

“The clear danger here is that many people won’t want to walk such a lengthy and convoluted journey to get from the High Street to the Civic Centre, and will instead cross the road near the roundabout without the aid of a pedestrian crossing.

“The priority ought to be putting in place pedestrian crossings where a majority of people naturally choose to cross the road.  I’ve therefore urged the Council to take another look at this.”