Consultation opening for proposed cycleway along A4 in time Crossrail

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Emma Billingham

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Consultation opening for proposed cycleway along A4 in time Crossrail

Drop-in sessions and consultations are being held over plans to create a new cycleway for the A4 Bath Road.

The route will connect cyclists to the Taplow Railway Station, shopping centres, housing estates and attractions such as Cliveden as well as joining up with the National Cycle Network.

The cycleway is being created by Bucks County Council (BCC) in partnership with Slough Borough Council (SBC), pre-empting increased cycling demand in the run-up to the introduction of Crossrail.

BCC transport cabinet member Cllr Mark Shaw said: “We’re keen to provide other ways to get around for people who prefer not to use their cars, and to encourage more people to walk, cycle or use public transport.

“We’re expecting the demand from walkers and cyclists to increase once Crossrail trains start calling at Taplow and Burnham in 2019, which is why we want this scheme in place soon.”

The SBC consultation is open until July 23 for the work that will see it create the cycleway from Burnham Lane and the Huntercombe Lane crossroads. BCC will open its own consultation later.

Drop-in events are also taking place at Cippenham Library in Elmshott Lane on Tuesday from 11am to 5pm, and at the Priory School in Orchard Avenue on Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm and Thursday, June 30 from 5pm to 7.30pm.

An online feedback survey can also be submitted at www.slough. gov.uk

Cllr Fiza Matloob, commissioner for transport and highways at SBC, said: “This scheme takes things a step further, providing a safer and continuous walking and cycling route from one end of the borough to the other, and linking up with local and national routes.

“We think it’ll make things easier for local people to reap the many benefits of leaving their cars at home more often, whether it’s more money in the bank, improved health and wellbeing or less congested roads.”

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