Key Keynsham road to close for 12 weeks next year for flood relief works

The B3116 Wellsway in Keynsham will close for 12 weeks next year while Wessex Water constructs a relief sewer.

It is understood that the works near the cricket club were originally planned to get under way at the end of February 2023 but following talks with Bath & North East Somerset Council it was felt that next summer would be the safest and least impactful time.

At their meeting this month Saltford parish councillors raised concerns about the impact of the closure on local roads and the lanes between Keynsham and Saltford.

This week a Wessex Water spokesperson told us: “To protect the environment and help alleviate flooding problems, we are installing a new sewer along a short stretch of the B3116. It’s part of a half-million pound investment scheme for the area.

“At the request of Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council’s highways team, this 12-week scheme is now being planned for next summer, based around the school summer holidays, ensuring it can be completed safely and reducing impact on the local community as much as possible.

“We are currently finalising arrangements to proceed with the authority and will be continuing our process of speaking to residents, businesses, schools and the town council about the scheme in order to understand and address local concerns.’’