Plans for the future

Government finance for major transport schemes for 2015/16 and beyond is being put into a new Local Growth Fund.

Each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been given the chance to bid for a share. Bids need to be supported by a Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) to include proposals for improving transport. These SEPs have to be submitted to the government by the end of March 2014 and the strength of these plans will determine how much funding will be given to each LEP.

The Thames Valley Berkshire LEP has drawn up a SEP which covers Berkshire and sets out a range of major transport schemes that the LEP wants to see implemented in 2015/16 and the following five years.

The council has created an economic development strategic plan for growth. The plan focuses on high level actions and looks to local stakeholders and partners to work in collaboration, to help achieve its aspirations.

You can see a structure chart for funding and major projects, which explains how the SEP was developed. The Slough Local Development Framework and Core Strategy helped to identify future growth.

The following documents outline the projected growth over a period of 20 years, for housing, employment and Gross Value Added (GVA) in Slough. The projections are based upon the Core Strategy and the implementation of the Strategic Infrastructure Plan deriving from the SEP.

Three of these major schemes are in Slough, which you can see on our infrastructure plan.

Slough Mass Rapid Transit (SMaRT)

This scheme is to provide a high quality, fast and reliable public transport service along the A4 to link Slough Trading Estate, the town centre and the east of the borough and with the potential to provide a direct mass rapid transit connection to Heathrow. Full details can be found on the SMaRT page.   

A332 Windsor Road route enhancement

Junction improvements, road widening and other works to improve conditions for general traffic and buses, making journeys quicker and more reliable.

A355 Tuns Lane/ Farnham Road route enhancement

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.