Metro Mayor Election Campaign: Conservative candidate discusses traffic congestion

By Chew Valley Gazette in Politics

Tim Bowles, the Conservative candidate for West of England Mayor, met councillors to discuss two schemes aimed at improving the road network and reducing congestion in North East Somerset.

Tim was keen to learn more about plans to improve the Two Headed Man junction to the south of Keynsham and gave his support to proposals for a new link road on the north-eastern outskirts of the town.

The link road, which is included in the West of England’s Joint Transport Study, would connect the A4175/Avon Mill Lane area and the A4 by Broadmead.

The road would help to reduce traffic through the town centre and support development in the Pixash Lane area, including new employment.

Tim discussed the project with Cllr Charles Gerrish, the Bath and North East Somerset councillor for Keynsham North.

Tim then met Cllr Tony Clarke, the council’s cabinet member for transport, at the Two Headed Man junction where the B3116 Wellsway road out of Keynsham meets the A39 to Bath.

The junction is notorious for tailbacks from all directions and currently has traffic lights.

The council has earmarked £500,000 to improve the junction. The aim is to improve traffic flow and journey times, benefitting local residents and everyone who uses the A39.

Tim said: “Improving our road and transport infrastructure is one of my top priorities, so it was good to speak to Conservative councillors about the issues local residents and businesses face and the solutions being put forward.

“I’m keen to look at schemes to relieve congestion and make journeys safer, faster and more reliable for everyone.

“I was pleased to see the plans the Conservative-run council has to ease congestion on the A39, and as Mayor I would give my full support to proposals for the link road to the north east of Keynsham.

“Better infrastructure gets business and the economy moving and creates better jobs with better pay.

“I have already met Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to talk through some of the issues people face in the West of England and if elected I will continue to work with local MPs, councils and other stakeholders to make our case to government that we need a transport network fit for purpose in the 21st Century.”

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