Keynsham High Street

Latest News (Updated 18 January 2018)

Residents, shoppers, workers and businesses are being asked for their views on Bath & North East Somerset Council's experimental one-way trial on Keynsham High Street.

Last year, the Council launched an experimental one-way trial through the centre of Keynsham. The purpose of the trial is to evaluate whether improvements to the town centre environment would be beneficial for the economy and health of the town centre by making it a safer and more enjoyable place to spend time.

While the trial takes place, the Council has been monitoring traffic flows, air quality, parking and footfall and is now seeking the views of people using the High Street to help decide on the best way forward for the future enjoyment of the town. Now that the trial has been in place long enough for people to get a feel for the changes, we want to find out what difference this has made to the High Street and what should be the future priorities to make this a safe, sustainable and healthy place.

During January and February 2018, the Council will be interviewing businesses, running on-street surveys and speaking to stakeholders about the High Street. An on-line survey will also be running from 18th January to 1st March 2018. To complete the on-line survey click here

An interim monitoring report is also now available:


The key features of the one way trial

The one-way trial on Keynsham High Street commenced on 2 May 2017. Under the trial, changes to the existing road layout were kept to a minimum to allow the High Street to be put back if a decision regarding the long-term future is not made at the end of the trial period.

The trial includes the following features:

  • A southbound one-way system towards Bath Hill
  • New bus stops: A new southbound bus stop on the High Street and a new bus stop on Ashton Way
  • A northbound cycle contraflow
  • At the Bath Hill end of the High Street, all traffic except buses will need to turn left.
  • The former roundabout at the top of Bath Hill was removed, allowing vehicles to pass between Bath Hill and Rock Road/Temple Street unopposed, with vehicles exiting the High Street having to give way.

overview of one-way trial

(click on image to open in a larger window)

The FAQ leaflet in the documents section summarise the trial (issued May 2017). Details of changes to bus services and routes through Keynsham are available in our leaflet.

We have also produced a handy guide for visitors showing the location of town centre parking in easy reach of the shopping areas. (Additional information is also available on our Parking Services page). 

Any further comments on the Traffic Regulation Order itself can be emailed to transportation@bathnes.gov.uk

 

The long-term vision

In recent years Keynsham High Street suffered from high levels of traffic, which combined with sections of narrow and overcrowded pavements was spoiling the experience for shoppers and visitors. People taking part in consultations for the Keynsham Town Plan, Keynsham Transport Strategy and B&NES Placemaking Plan wished to see improvements to the public realm in the town centre, to make it a more attractive place to shop.

Keynsham High Street was identified as an Air Quality Management Area due to levels of air pollution being above recommended levels. In addition, the Conservation Area has been classified by Historic England as being “at risk” due to the condition and design of a number of buildings particularly around the High Street.

The overarching aim is to deliver a High Street and wider town centre for Keynsham that is lively, safe, sustainable and healthy, and which enhances the Conservation Area. The data collected from the current monitoring process during the trial will be combined with feedback from residents, businesses, stakeholders and Town and Ward Councillors and the ongoing work of the Keynsham Neighbourhood Development Plan groups to develop the design for a potentially permanent scheme in the future.

 Other links:

View the Keynsham Town Plan

View the Keynsham Transport Strategy

View the Placemaking Plan

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