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 7 months. Works are substantially complete and the new shared used footway and cycleway along the A4 Bath Road is now open for use. A final safety check (Road Safety Audit Stage 3) will be carried out during the second half of January 2020.
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
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.
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.
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.
The works were substantially complete 15 November 2019. The new shared used footway and cycleway along the A4 Bath Road is now open for use.
Buckinghamshire County Council has a dedicated mailbox for the A4 (Bath Road) Sustainable Travel project. We welcome emails and queries about the project at email@example.com.
Emergency contact numbers
Transport for Buckinghamshire Out of office (Highways): 01296 486630
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View the past editions
Final touches to Bath Road shared footway and cycleway - (press release) 16 December 2019
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