Public consultation on radical plans to transform transport between Bristol and Bath has opened today.
Members of the public will have six weeks to give their views on a range of ideas along different sections of the A4 ‘Bath to Bristol Corridor’, some of which would see significant changes if implemented. The ideas have been shaped from the earlier consultation carried out in 2021 by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) which has been awarded over £1/2bn from the Government in its City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement.
However, WECA is at pains to point out at this early stage that the ideas are simply that. There are radical proposals for the Keynsham Bypass which would see a bus lane, cycle and walkway and a reduced speed limit for the remaining single traffic lane. A new mobility hub would include a bus stop, accessible via the Memorial Park , and a new crossing above the road. Measures in Saltford, Brislington and Totterdown would similarly see road space being given up to improved bus, cycling and walking facilities.
The whole document is a weighty read and can be viewed on a dedicated website: www.haveyoursaywest.co.uk. Webinar sessions are planned for Brislington and Totterdown residents on Monday 4th September (6.30pm-8pm) and Keynsham, Saltford and Bath residents on Thursday 7th September (6.30pm-8pm).
There are also six drop-in sessions for the public on the following dates:
Bath on Thursday 14th September (2pm – 7pm), The Street, Bath Spa University, Locksbrook Campus BA1 3EL;
Brislington on Wednesday 20th September (2pm – 7pm), Hungerford Community Centre BS4 5EX and Tuesday 26th September (2pm – 7pm) The Spielman Centre, West Lodge, Arnos Vale Cemetery BS4 3EW
Keynsham on Monday 11th September (3pm – 8pm) St John’s The Baptist Parish Hall BS31 2BL and Friday 22nd September (12pm – 5pm), Keynsham Library, Keynsham BS31 1FS and
Saltford on Tuesday 19th September (2pm – 7pm), Saltford Hall, Saltford BS31 3BY