Remodelling of the Copthorne roundabout, signal and junction upgrades, selected road widening and bus priority measures to improve traffic flow on this strategic north-south route and to enhance access to Slough town centre.
The first of three major traffic schemes aimed at ensuring Slough’s transport infrastructure is fit for the future is underway.
On Sunday 31 January work began on a £5.5m project to turn the Copthorne roundabout – the junction of Tuns Lane with Church Street and Cippenham Lane – into a so-called hamburger roundabout, where the main carriageway goes straight through the middle of the junction.
The roundabout will also get a new ‘intelligent’ traffic light system which senses traffic jams and adjusts the sequencing of the lights accordingly.
The scheme also involves widening parts of Tuns Lane to three lanes.
Tuns Lane will remain open for the duration of the work, although a contraflow system will be set up on 31 January and is expected to remain in place until April or May.
Motorists are being warned to expect long delays.
Savio DeCruz, head of transport for Slough Borough Council, said: “The contraflow system will keep the traffic moving, and variable message signs on the M4 will advise motorists to access Slough via junctions 5 or 7, which should relieve the pressure on junction 6.
“However, as is always the way with major roadworks, we can’t do the work without causing disruption. We ask people to seek alternative routes if they can.”
The other two traffic schemes – Windsor Road and SMaRT (Slough Mass Rapid Transport) will get underway in late summer 2016.
Windsor Road will be widened, signals will be upgraded and pedestrian crossings improved.
The SMaRT scheme involves widening parts of A4 Bath Road to make way for a new rapid bus service.
Balfour Beatty has been contracted by the council to complete all three schemes.
Work is likely to finish in summer 2017.
The work is being partly funded by Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has committed £12.7m for all three projects.
Councillor Sohail Munawar, commissioner for social and economic inclusion, with a responsibility for traffic and transport, said: “Tens of thousands of people travel in and out of Slough everyday, which puts phenomenal pressure on our roads.
“The work we’re doing is all about increasing capacity, reducing congestion and making it easier for everyone – residents and businesses alike – to get around our town, whether that’s by car, bike or bus.
“This will improve lives, while ensuring we have a transport infrastructure fit for a world class business location where we all can prosper.
“Unfortunately in order to get the long-term benefits we have to endure the short-term pain of some disruptive roadworks.
“So I ask people to please bear with us and take extra care on the roads while the work is completed.”
Transport for Slough is, along with the rest of the council, working towards a five-year plan (2015-2019). One of the priorities identified is ensuring Slough’s transport infrastructure is not only fit for residents but also for businesses, encouraging them to locate, start, grow and stay in the borough. The work will also help improve major gateways into the town – another of the council’s priorities.
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