Borough to spend £4.5million to be spent on highways and transport

Borough to spend £4.5million to be spent on highways and transport

Justin Burns

Borough to spend £4.5million to be spent on highways and transport

Royal Borough councillors have approved a £4.5million works programme for highways and transport schemes.

The cash will be used to improve roads, footways, drainage, bridges, traffic management and road safety across Windsor and Maidenhead.

Members of the cabinet prioritisation sub committee gave the green light to the highways works programmes for 2013/14.

It includes spending £1.4million on resurfacing and repairing roads, £550,000 replacing street lights and £480,000 on essential bridge works.

A further £300,000 will be spent to remove and improve traffic signals, £150,000 to improve drainage, £100,000 to create safer routes to schools and £100,000 to repair footways.

A range of improvements for cyclists is also planned as part of £142,000 worth of funding.

This includes spending £40,000 on extending an existing cycleway in Maidenhead from Kendall Place to Shoppenhangers Road via a segregated footway.

Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the cash has to be spent 'wisely' on top priority schemes to benefit residents.

He said: "It is by listening to residents, ward members and parish councils that we have been able to create a scheme of works that are essential to maintaining safe roads, paths and cycle ways while at the same time creating a transport system that is efficient and fit for purpose."

Motorists and residents in Datchet will also be safer thanks to the planned implementation of a 20mph speed limit along the B376.

It is part of new road safety measures planned for the coming year after nine casualties from 2010 to 2012.

Members at the meeting, held at Maidenhead Town Hall on May 2, also highlighted the need for 20mph speed limits outside schools in the borough where and when they are considered necessary.

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