As planned works to Keynsham High Street reach the final phase, West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris planted a tree to mark a major milestone in the project.
Mr Norris joined Bath and North East Somerset councillors Kevin Guy and Andy Wait to contribute to the planting of a landscaping section at the Bath Hill junction. Mr Norris said it was a privilege to mark this important moment and play a part in creating a green legacy for future generations.
The High Street public realm 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.
The scheme will see permanent improvements to the area, including footpath widening and resurfacing, improved cycling and bus stop facilities. There will also be new street furniture, trees and planting, and better signage on the High Street between Bath Hill and Charlton Road.
Keynsham High Street is expected to reopen on 18 March for all road users. The High Street scheme will allow traffic to flow more smoothly with a new bus stop layby allowing cars to pass waiting buses. Blue badge holders will benefit from three parking spaces with dropped kerbs, enabling wheelchair access to the pavement. Four short stay spaces have also been retained.
Space for deliveries and church ceremonial vehicle access has also been improved. Two loading bays have been incorporated in the scheme and layout of the Charlton Road junction has been designed with church services in mind.
Once the High Street is reopened, the former one-way system through Keynsham will be reinstated. Motorists are asked to take care whilst driving as the High Street reopens to vehicles.
Traffic will be able to travel southbound between Charlton Road to Bath Hill with a dedicated contraflow cycle lane travelling northbound. As part of the reopening, marshals will be on hand to assist pedestrians, cyclists and motorists for the first few days after the one-way system reopens.