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A4 Sustainable Travel Scheme

Background and Introduction

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 and 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 also known as the A4 Bath Road Sustainable Travel project 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 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.

 

Scheme 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 & 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

 

Recent History

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 6 bus shelters and Real Time Passenger Information was completed 16 September 2018.

 

Next Steps

The project team is now working to finalise procurement for the main construction works. Main works for the cycleway will proceed as soon as the contract has been finalised. However, Christmas embargo period is from 27 November 2018 – 11 January 20 19. It may be more sensible to postpone construction start until 14th Jan 2019 (after the Christmas embargo); a programme of works will follow in due course.

 

Contact

Project Manager: Tayo Akinyosade
Phone number: +44 (0)1296 395 000
Email: hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk

 

Emergency Contact Numbers

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

 

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