Two significant public realm improvement programmes are being undertaken in Keynsham Town centre:

The Phase 1 scheme focuses on the one-way system between Charlton Way and Bath Hill. In contrast, the HS HAZ programme has a wider remit and considers opportunities for improvement throughout the length of the High Street.

Both projects respond to needs, challenges and opportunities of the High Street. These have been established through stakeholder engagement and public consultation. Together, in collaboration with project partners, the projects will deliver ongoing improvements which will help to revitalise the High Street and create a distinct, thriving town centre for both residents and visitors to enjoy.

Keynsham High Street public realm improvements (phase 1)

The first phase of  improvements to the public space between Bath Hill and Charlton Road aim to rejuvenate the town centre and attract locals and visitors back to the High Street. The enhancements will include footpath widening and resurfacing, better signage, cycling and bus stop facilities, and new street furniture, streetlights, landscaping and trees. The rearrangement of the temporary one-way system on the High Street aims to increase opportunities for walking, cycling and other sustainable modes of transport.

We started work on the first phase of improvements to the High Street on June 1 2021.  We are now reaching our eight-month milestone with both sides of the street now substantially paved in new high quality materials along with new drainage and street lighting installed.  There have been some complex ground conditions to deal with as well as ongoing challenges with sourcing construction supplies and receiving deliveries. 

On 4 January 2022 works resumed to complete the final sections of work at the High Street/Bath Hill junction. Traffic management and a lane closure will be in place from 18 January for three weeks to upgrade the pelican crossing and highway arrangements in this area.

Traffic continues to be diverted along Ashton Way and Rock Road. Motorists are advised to plan their journeys in advance to avoid peak times where possible. Temporary disabled bays are available outside the HSBC Bank. The contraflow cycle lane will be closed when works to upgrade it are carried out or when necessary for safety reasons.

The council is working closely with the Rock Road development’s contractors to find an opportunity for their sewer works to be done at a time that minimises the impact on people accessing Keynsham and does not delay the high street programme.

The public realm improvements are being constructed in short sections starting on the west side of the High Street outside the Methodist Church, continuing towards Bath Hill, then on the east side travelling from Charlton Road to Bath Hill.  The work is expected to take eight months.

 The council and its contractor are working closely with traders to minimise disruption and ensure access during trading hours. The temporary traffic restriction order and construction works will not prevent customers or traders from accessing their premises.

To minimise the impact of the construction, the site welfare and storage will be situated in the closed Station Road overflow carpark.

We will keep this page updated with construction updates so please visit regularly.

The council was awarded £1.5 million towards the cost of implementing the first phase. The scheme is funded by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth and Getting Building Funds, administered by the West of England Combined Authority. It is also funded by the Combined Authority through its Love our High Streets programme.

Last year the council invited views from the public and stakeholders on the detailed designs and specification of the scheme, both online and at a public exhibition. More than 100 responses were received and respondents were asked to rank the design elements they considered would be the most successful. The top three most popular elements were the reconfigured bus stop, paving materials and the pedestrian crossings. In response to the consultation feedback, further changes were also made to the final design including:

  • Improvements to widen the High St junctions at Charlton Road and Bath Hill as well as the access to the courtyard behind No. 69.  
  • New paving to be installed in front of the Methodist Church to match the rest of the High Street
  • Relocation of several planters to improve visibility and safety for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Addition of dropped kerbs to disabled parking bays to improve accessibility
  • Signage improvements to cycle contra-flow lane to help improve pedestrian and cyclist interaction at crossing and intersections
  • A new shared use footway at the top of Bath Hill to assist cyclists to join the dedicated cycle lane
  • An improved cycle stand design making it easier to secure bikes and which complements existing stands/furniture in the area

Keynsham High Street Heritage Action Zone (HS HAZ)

Keynsham is one of 60 high streets across the country that were successful in receiving funding from Historic England. The High Street was awarded £1.1million as part of Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HS HAZ) Programme. This programme has been match funded by Keynsham Town Council (£40,000) and Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) who have contributed £100,000 from the Community Levy Infrastructure fund.

HS HAZ is a partnership programme between B&NES, Keynsham Town Council and Historic England. It will enable us to harness and develop the value of Keynsham's historic environment to generate economic growth and improve quality of life in the town centre. This separate programme will follow on from the Keynsham Phase 1 programme.

The heritage led programme will focus on either the Temple Street or Upper High Street areas, dependent on the masterplan. The aim will be to enhance the conservation area, to create a more attractive, engaging and vibrant High Street. This will be achieved through four key programme strands; public realm improvements, shop front improvements, community engagement and cultural consortium and programme. We look forward to working closely with Keynsham communities as these strands arise.

For more details visit the project website at www.hikeynsham.co.uk

Coronavirus support for High Street businesses

We would encourage businesses to contact Invest in Bath for details of financial, business and skills support if they have particular requirements. A few examples – there is currently grant support for businesses wishing to make energy efficiency improvements, to improve their online presence and to adapt to covid (eligibility criteria apply in all cases). Please email info@investinbath.co.uk


Other links:

View the Keynsham Town Plan

View the Keynsham Transport Strategy

View the Placemaking Plan

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