Langley High Street to see traffic improvements from LEP funding
A scheme to make improvements to transport links between Langley High Street and Meadfield Road junction has been approved by the Berkshire Local Transport Body (BLTB). The £1.324m scheme funded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Deal with Government and an additional £264,000 from Slough Borough Council, aims to reduce traffic congestion, particularly during peak hours.
As part of the work, the scheme takes into consideration the anticipated volumes of traffic being re-routed through Langley because of the closure of Hollow Hill Lane following the proposed construction of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH). It is also an extension of a recently completed LEP funded project to improve station access facilities at Langley Railway Station with the advent of Crossrail.
Charles Eales, Infrastructure Programme Lead and Board Director at Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and Co-Chairman of the BLTB said, “This highway is a key strategic link via the A4, M4, M25, for businesses and residents in Slough and we’re delighted to have been able to fund this scheme in order to support the construction of WRLtH. The improvements being made to the transport links in the area will help to tackle congestion and improve traffic flow.”
Tanmanjeet Dhesi, MP for Slough said, “I’m delighted the Berkshire Local Transport Body has approved the first phase of the Langley High Street Improvements scheme, which should drastically reduce delays and congestion in the area. I’m pleased that this investment will address traffic concerns in Langley as plans for the Western Rail Link to Heathrow move forward. It’s vital our town continues to improve our transport infrastructure and I look forward to working with Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, Slough Borough Council and all other stakeholders to continue this important work.”
Josie Wragg, Slough Borough Council’s chief executive, said: “This significant injection of funding from Thames Valley Berkshire LEP will be used to help alleviate some of the impact of changes in road access in Langley. We know this is not only an essential route for work and travel hubs but also a place where people live, call home, where children are educated and businesses are owned and run. The money will be used to mitigate congestion, improve air quality, road safety for pedestrians and vehicle users, as well as any impacts on small and larger businesses in the area.
“Joint funding is essential for this project to succeed and for the residents of Langley to have a working traffic system. Thank you to the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP for providing funding for this vital road system in the borough.”