02:44PM, Friday 27 May 2016
Road users are being urged to ‘think of the final result’ as work to deliver an £8million rapid bus service through Slough begins on Tuesday.
The Slough Mass Rapid Transit (SMaRT) scheme involves sections of the A4 being widened between Slough Trading Estate and Langley to make way for a new bus lane.
Roadworks will begin on the eastern stretch of the A4, between Upton Court Road and Langley High Street, though some preliminary work has already started.
The work is expected to be completed in December.
Delays are likely to be caused by parts of the carriageway being temporarily narrowed and employers are being encouraged to allow their staff to travel at alternative times to help reduce congestion during rush hours.
Savio DeCruz, head of transport and highways for Slough Borough Council, said: “We know what a pain roadworks can be but we ask people to please think of the final results and the benefits they’ll bring.
“The changes we’re making will allow for quicker, more frequent and more reliable buses along the A4, helping to encourage people out of their cars and onto the buses.
"This will help reduce congestion and shorten journey times for the estimated 20,000 motorists who use the road each day.
“And not only will the buses be quicker, but they will be hybrid, so they’ll pump out less fumes and won’t be as noisy.”
Upgrading junctions, footpaths and pedestrian crossings are also part of the scheme and some road closures may be needed as work progresses.
Work on the western stretch, between Slough Trading Estate and the town centre is scheduled to start after Christmas.
The rapid bus service will initially run from Slough Trading Estate to junction 5 of the M4.
However, the council ultimately wants to extend it eastwards towards Heathrow airport.
Cllr Pavitar Kaur Mann, commissioner for transport and highways, said: “Anyone who travels to Slough on the average day will know what a big issue congestion on the A4 is.
“This scheme will allow people to go about their business more efficiently, encouraging economic growth and making Slough a more attractive place to live and work.”
The SMaRT scheme is one of three projects being delivered by Balfour Beatty on behalf of Slough Borough Council, all aimed at improving traffic flow on main routes.
The other two are transforming Copthorne roundabout and the widening of Windsor Road.
Work began on the roundabout in January and work is expected to begin on Windsor Road in October.
Closures are planned on the M4 between Langley and the M25 this weekend for smart motorway works.