Parking suspension in Keynsham High Street for remedial works

Remedial works to repair paving slabs and replace damaged bollards and cycle stands on Keynsham High Street will take place from June 5 to June 24.

The repairs will mean that parking bays will need to be suspended in the High Street while the works are completed.

Additional street furniture will also be installed to protect the footway from vehicle overrun in the future.

Access to the shops will be maintained and footway will remain open. Loading bays and the bus stop will remain in operation. The nearest car parks are Ashton Way, Leisure Centre or Station Road.

Councillor Paul Roper, cabinet member for Economic & Cultural Sustainable Development, said: “The works to repair the broken paving slabs and replace cycle stands and bollards have been scheduled for some time. We are conscious of the concerns about trips and falls linked to the cycle lane and so it’s understandable that people may wonder what is happening when contractors arrive.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure residents that we take the concerns extremely seriously, which is why we have already acted by introducing the red coloured cycle lane finish that has reduced the number of reported incidents significantly.

“A Stage 4 Road Safety Audit will follow the remedial works. Alongside the audit, the council will undertake a design review over the summer, to assess whether additional enhancements can be made to reduce trips and falls further. We recognise that pedestrian use within the high street has changed as a result of a significant reduction in cars passing through. If action is needed we’ll consider the options.

“Ward councillors representing the high street have been kept updated on this. We have also contacted traders to inform them about the repair works and we apologise for any disruption for businesses and residents during the works.”

Press release by Bath & North East Somerset Council.