The next stage of road improvement works for Langley High Street has been given the go ahead after the council secured more than £2million of funding.
The work will include creating a signal controlled junction at a known pinch point and will include provision for cyclists and pedestrians.
The measures are being introduced to mitigate the expected increase in the volume of traffic with Network Rail closure of the popular commuter route of Hollow Hill Lane for the Western Rail extension, at a date yet to be determined, but before 2027.
The Thames Valley Berkshire LEP has awarded a total of £2.357million to the council, which will also contribute £1million in funding. This is part of a total £5mill of investment into the Langley road system.
The road improvements on the High Street will add to those already completed at Langley Railway Station and Harrow Market to be able to manage traffic, and possible congestion, efficiently. The is aim is to keep Langley a lively hub and great place to live, as well as maintaining the ambience of the shopping area.
The High Street junction with Meadfield Road will become controlled by signals and from that junction to Elmhurst Road, the road is set to be widened and accommodate two lanes of traffic in both directions. There will also be provision for cyclists.
The majority of the widening work will use land already available to the council. Representatives are also in close contact with the Trustees of Langley Memorial Park to discuss utilising some of the perimeter of the park to implement the scheme. The park will be redesigned to accommodate more trees and be made accessible for more people to use.
The air quality will be closely monitored in the area with equipment being installed this summer.
There will be a series of virtual consultation events to get feedback on some of the design proposals from the local residents and businesses.
This part of the Langley scheme was passed by the council on Monday night at its cabinet meeting and the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP awarded the latest tranche of funding yesterday/on Wednesday.
Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said the experimental closure of Hollow Hill Road four years ago provided vital data which enabled engineers to plan the proposed changes.
He added the evidence allowed the council to apply for funding which will mitigate the affects on Langley the closure of Hollow Hill Lane will create.
Cllr Anderson said: “It’s always difficult in the short term using experimental orders to make road changes, but the data we gained from this scheme means the short term pain in 2016 means we have secured millions of pounds to fund better transport links in Langley.
“I’m confident that this will not be the last additional funding we secure thanks to using these orders”