A MAJOR bridge is to be closed for six weeks.

The Station Road railway bridge in Langley is to be closed in both directions for six weeks, starting from Monday, July 30. The works are to improve drainage to stop the area from flooding, as well as to improve cycle and pedestrian access and refurbish traffic lights.

The official diversion route will be via the A412 Uxbridge Road, accessed via Langley Road and Wood Lane. This route was selected because it can accommodate all traffic, other diversion routes would have been unable to do so. Pedestrians will still be able to walk under the bridge.

Slough Borough Council chose to close it over the summer holidays to minimise disruption.

Cllr Martin Carter said: "We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

"However, we have received multiple complaints about the flooding in Station Road and though the sun is shining now, the issue will return if we don’t rectify it, when it inevitably starts to rain again.

"We appreciate the closure is not ideal for road users, but opted to undertake the work during this quieter school holiday period to try to cause as little disruption as possible.

"While it will be a short term pain during the closure and diversion period, it will be a long term gain for the area, following the completion of the improvements."