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Keynsham and Saltford: Transport opportunities

6.4 The Bath to Bristol A4 corridor provides a strategic transport link with frequent bus services between the two cities. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) have recently consulted on initial options for upgrades to the A4 Bath to Bristol corridor, which set out a range of proposed improvements for active travel modes and bus services. Amongst others, the proposed improvements would provide continuous and designated walking and cycling routes along the A4, shared between the two active travel modes in locations where space is limited, continuous designated bus lanes on both sides of the bypass for much of the corridor, and mobility hubs located along the corridor providing facilities to easily transfer between different modes of transport. A new cycling and walking route is also proposed along Station Road in Keynsham, providing good connectivity between the A4, Keynsham Railway Station and Keynsham Town Centre.

6.5 Regular train services exist between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads railway stations, with regular services also stopping at Keynsham Railway Station.

6.6 The Bristol and Bath Cycle Path (Route 4) links east Bristol with Bath, passing closely to the north of Keynsham and east Saltford. Although some local cycle routes connect into Route 4, there are opportunities to better utilise the proximity of these settlements to the route through provision of additional and dedicated cycle paths.

6.7 Whitchurch Village is located along the A37 corridor to the south-east of Bristol. The A37 facilitates radial movements into Bristol from more rural areas to the south of the city. With regard to public transport, there is no railway station in Whitchurch Village, nor at any point along the A37 corridor. However, bus services operate along the A37 corridor, providing relatively good connection with Bristol City Centre to the north, and destinations in the Somer Valley to the south.

6.8 Sustrans National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 3 links central and south Bristol to the Chew Valley and Wells, passing through Whitchurch Village, along Staunton Lane and Sleep Lane.

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