Update on Keynsham High Street

Temporary traffic lights have been installed at the junction of Bath Hill and Temple Street in Keynsham following damage to the pedestrian crossing.

The traffic collision on January 17 damaged the feeder pillar containing the crossing’s electrics.

Bath & North East Somerset Council has installed a temporary pedestrian crossing ahead of planned works to upgrade the pelican crossing and complete paving works in this area as part of the Keynsham High Street public realm improvement scheme.

These scheduled works begin on January 24 for three weeks so the traffic lights will now stay in place along with a lane closure until the upgrade is completed.

The major scheme to improve Keynsham High Street and the town centre resumed on January 4 to complete the final sections of public realm improvements.

The High Street will remain closed until the end of the works with traffic continuing to be diverted along Ashton Way and Rock Road. Motorists are advised to plan their journeys in advance to avoid peak times where possible.

Final finishing and road surfacing works will follow with the project expected to be completed in early March.

We know that the unforeseen delays to the High Street improvement project have resulted in some frustration for residents and businesses, but it’s exciting that completion is now in sight. The upgrade to the pelican crossing is another important milestone in the scheme before the finishing works are carried out. We expect all of the works to end in early March so we can all begin to enjoy a revitalised Keynsham High Street that is fit for the future. As ever, we appreciate your continued patience.

Councillor Richard Samuel, deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development & Resources

The High Street scheme will deliver footpath widening and resurfacing, better signage and cycling and bus stop facilities on the High Street between Bath Hill and Charlton Road. There will also be new street furniture, streetlights, landscaping and trees.

It 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.

For more information on the plans and for construction updates please visit: bathnes.gov.uk/keynsham

Press release by Bath & North East Somerset Council.