10:34AM, Wednesday 27 April 2016
A temporary bus station walkway in Slough will close this evening for one year.
The walkway, between the tails of the bus station and the A4, will close to allow the construction of three large buildings by U+I (previously known as Development Securities), which includes underground car parking.
Work on the buildings was due to start at the same time as the bus station build but was put on hold due to the recession.
A new walkway has been built around the edge of the site and into the bus station along the bus exit route, with barriers protecting the walkway.
The hoardings will be lit and CCTV will be in place to increase pedestrian safety.
Once the new buildings are complete, a direct walkway will be reintroduced.
Savio DeCruz, team leader for network management at Slough Borough Council, said: “Unfortunately due to the recession the buildings on this corner of the Heart of Slough were not constructed at the same time which means people have become used to the temporary walkway which will now be closed.
“We have been working closely with U+I and the main contractor to ensure the new temporary walkway is safe, well lit and well covered by CCTV to make sure pedestrians are safe and feel safe while the construction work continues.
“The U+I buildings are a welcome addition to this part of the Heart of Slough and are a key part of our plans to revitalise the centre of Slough area and bring even more business investment into Slough – two of the priorities of the council’s five year plan.”
Closures are planned on the M4 between Langley and the M25 this weekend for smart motorway works.