A4 Sustainable Travel Scheme

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The A4 Sustainable Travel Scheme (STS) is a new cycleway proposal that connects Taplow Station to the Mill Lane development site, the Bishop Centre, and Slough train station.

The scheme will also include upgrades to bus stops along the A4 corridor. The main works started 23 April 2019 for a period of 32 weeks. It's due to be complete in November 2019.

 

Works planned from week commencing 19 August 2019

A 1-way restriction on Approach Road is in place 24 hours a day except weekends (i.e. Approach Road is closed to west bound traffic) for 2-3 weeks. Please expect minor delays.

The main works are being carried out along the northern side of the A4 Bath Road to create a shared use footway and cycleway between Ellington Road and Huntercombe Lane North.

Normal working hours are between 7am and 5pm weekdays.

Description Date of works Proposed traffic management Duration

Cycleway construction at the A4 Bath Road outside Miller and Carter Pub (Reconstruction / Island Removal)

19 to 21 Aug 2019

 

24 hour 2-way lights
(Including 1-way restriction on Approach Road, i.e. Approach Road is closed to westbound traffic)

3 days

Cycleway construction at the A4 Bath Road / Approach Road Junction

22 Aug to 6 Sep 2019

2-way Traffic Lights
(Including 1-way restriction on Approach Road, i.e. Approach Road is closed to westbound traffic. 24 hours a day except weekends)

 

2 and half weeks

Cycleway construction along northern footway of A4 Bath Road between Approach Road and Opposite Car Boot site

9 to 27 Sep 2019

2-way lights
(We will seek to keep 2 way traffic flow and avoid using traffic lights where safe to do so)

 

3 weeks

Cycleway construction at the A4 Bath Road / Taplow Train Station Access Junction

30 Sep to 4 Oct 2019

3-way Traffic Lights
(we will make use of road narrowings and avoid using traffic lights where safe to do so)

 

1 week

Cycleway construction at the A4 Bath Road / Station Road Junction

7 Oct to 1 Nov 2019

4-way Traffic Lights
(we will make use of road narrowings and avoid using traffic lights where safe to do so)

4 weeks

Cycleway construction along northern footway of A4 Bath Road between Ellington Road and Berry Hill

4 to 15 Nov 2019

 

2-way lights
(We will seek to keep 2 way traffic flow and avoid using traffic lights where safe to do so)

 

2 weeks

 

Overview

Buckinghamshire's Strategic Transport Objective strives to create a smart, integrated transport network that provides an excellent multi-modal connection between key areas of housing and economic growth across wider sub-regions.

Key transport aims include:

  • improving connectivity between major settlements and train stations
  • promoting low carbon vehicles
  • developing innovative sustainable travel solutions
  • reducing inefficiency in existing transport systems

Details of the Growth Deal with Buckinghamshire Thames Valley (at gov.uk).

The A4 Cycle and Bus Route improvement project is also known as the A4 Bath Road Sustainable Travel project. It was developed as part of a successful funding bid to the central government to improve cycling access to a number of rail stations across the county where there are planned improvements.

The scheme is being mainly funded by a ring-fenced Government Local Growth Fund. This is done through Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), with support from developer contributions and the county council's capital maintenance programme.

The bid also incorporated elements of bus infrastructure improvements. These help encourage bus-rail connectivity and reduce increased car use to the train stations in light of Crossrail's train station (access) improvements.

 

Proposal

The A4 Sustainable Travel Scheme (STS) illustrated below is primarily a cycleway proposal that connects Taplow Station to the Mill Lane development site, the Bishop Centre and Slough train station.

The scheme also proposes to upgrade bus stops along the A4 corridor with real-time passenger units.

This proposed scheme will connect with Slough Borough Council's A4 Bath Road cycle scheme proposal and bring far-reaching connectivity to Slough's trading estate, Slough train station, and other local attraction sites.

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The A4 Bath Road is the key corridor to benefit from improvements of this proposal as it runs through Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire and Slough local authorities. It is the most direct east-west route and the most direct route to connect the train stations in Buckinghamshire and Slough.

This proposal aims to encourage sustainable bus, walk, and cycle travel from and to (Taplow and Slough) train stations facing an increase in demand following station (access) improvements underway to accommodate new Crossrail services.

The A4 STS will especially strive to:

  • reduce congestion from and to Taplow station in light of Crossrail improvements
  • encourage better walk and cycle travel
  • improve connectivity with existing cycle networks (NCN 61, Beeches and Lake End road cycle routes), the Bishop Centre, Slough and Taplow train stations
  • improve cycling access to local visitor attractions (such as Cliveden House) to encourage increases in tourism
  • encourage general health and well being

 

What's happened so far

The Consultation Period ended on the 24 October 2016.

Consultation responses were collated and reviewed.

The scheme was paused on the 6 December 2016 to review the proposals - see the press release.

The Consultation Report has been updated and provided.

Implementation of the project was approved on 18 December 2017 by the Cabinet Member for Transportation.

Please find further information on our A4 (Bath Road) Sustainable Travel Scheme decision details page.

The advanced installation of 7 bus shelters and Real Time Passenger Information was completed 21 November 2018.

Utility works were completed on 18 April 2019.

  

Contact

Buckinghamshire County Council has a dedicated mailbox for the A4 (Bath Road) Sustainable Travel project. We welcome emails and queries about the project at hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk.

 

Emergency contact numbers

Transport for Buckinghamshire Out of office (Highways): 01296 486630

 

Bulletins

Bulletin 007 - 8 August 2019 
Bulletin 006 - 15 July 2019
Bulletin 005 - 28 June 2019
Bulletin 004 - June 14 2019
Bulletin 003 - 20 May 2019
Bulletin 002 - 18 April 2019
Bulletin 001 - 27 March 2019
View the past editions

 

Downloads

Frequently Asked Questions

Notice To Frontages - 29 March 2018
Work starts on sustainable travel scheme -  (press release) 26 March 2019
Preliminary work starts on cycleway - (press release) 26 February 2018
Press Release from Maidenhead Advertiser - 11 August 2017
Letter to the residents - 7 August 2017
Consultation Report - 1 August 2017 

Bath Road travel scheme paused for re-evaluation
-  (press release) 6 December 2016

Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise PartnershipGrowth Deals logo

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