A4 Sustainable Travel Scheme
Background & Introduction
Buckinghamshire's Strategic Transport Objective strives to create a smart, integrated transport network that provides 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 and reducing inefficiency in existing transport systems
The A4 Cycle and Bus Route improvement project also known as the A4 Bath Road Sustainable Travel project was developed as part of a successful funding bid to central government to improve cycling access to a number of rail stations across the county where there are planned improvements. The bid also incorporated elements of bus infrastructure improvements, to help encourage bus-rail connectivity and to especially 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 cycle way 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.
Way-finding signs to guide cyclists to Cliveden House from the A4 Bath Road cycle proposal via Taplow station will also form a part of the A4 STS.
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 & cycle travel from and to (Taplow & Slough) train stations facing a likely 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
The Consultation Period ended on the 24 October 2016.
Consultation responses were collated and reviewed.
Scheme was paused on the 6 December 2016 to review the proposals - see 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 details via the link
Buckinghamshire County Council would then start working with Transport for Buckinghamshire, surveying the route, looking at construction options and traffic management, complete a construction programme and go to tender for a sub-contractor.
A start could be made in Summer 2018 and the project could be completed by Spring 2019.
Emergency Contact Numbers
Transport for Buckinghamshire Out of office (Highways): 01296 486630