Bath Road travel scheme one step closer

  |  Published: Dec 9th 2017

Proposals for a new sustainable travel scheme in Taplow came one step closer this week.

Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, has been recommended to approve the project subject to confirmation of funding.

The £1.8 million scheme includes a 1.8 mile shared footway and cycleway along Bath Road, with electronic real-time passenger information installed at seven bus stops along the route.

The scheme would connect with national and local cycle networks, give bus passengers up-to-the-minute information about their connections, and encourage more people to walk or cycle to Taplow station. 

The station saw a 5.6% rise in users last year, and the scheme will help minimise the effect of further increases in passenger numbers using new Crossrail trains when they start in 2019.

Since the scheme's initial public consultation in autumn 2016, plans have been modified in response to residents' feedback, particularly concerns about a proposed right turn ban at the Bath Road junction with Berry Hill, and the use by cyclists of the proposed 7ft wide footway-cycleway under Bath Road railway bridge.

"We've listened to residents' concerns, and we've made as many modifications as we can within the budget and within safety standards," said Mark.

The sustainable travel scheme has been given £1.542 million of ring-fenced Government local growth funding through Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP).

Added to this is a ring-fenced contribution of nearly £188,000 from the developers of the Bishop Centre for the connection of the existing cycle routes to the east and west of the shopping centre. 

Following approval of the scheme, work could start next summer and be completed the following spring.

To minimise delay and disruption, the construction programme would co-ordinate with cycleway works currently being done by Slough Council on the northern side of Bath Road, and resurfacing work along the A4 planned next year.

Bath Road shared footway-cycleway scheme route, courtesy BCC
Bath Road shared footway-cycleway scheme route
Mark Shaw: recommended to approve shared footway-cycleway scheme, courtesy BCC
Mark Shaw: recommended to approve shared footway-cycleway scheme
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