WORK has begun on new cycle and bus lanes in Slough to encourage more people to actively travel in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Bath Road will see newly adapted lanes implemented and is set to address rush hour congestion, provide more room on shared pavements, encourage exercise, and combat air quality.

The lanes will run from the Huntercombe Spur to Uxbridge Road.

The changes are temporary, and the effectiveness will be regularly monitored during the scheme.

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Slough Borough Council has been allocated approximately £180,000 in the first tranche of funding from the Department for Transport’s active travel fund as part of the government’s initiative for a green restart to local travel by supporting walking and cycling.

A trial is being considered for electric, or e-scooters, to be able to use the lane depending on changes to government policy about the legality of emerging electric modes of transport.

Other plans set to be implemented include social distancing measures around schools, road closures to combat rat runs, markings and barriers to assist pedestrians, free month of cycle hire as well as pop up bike surgeries and cycle training.

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Councillor Rob Anderson (Labour: Britwell and Northborough), cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for Slough to make a step change in the quality of our environment.

“These measures will mean residents of Slough can continue to benefit from the improved air quality and quieter roads we have seen during the coronavirus crisis that has benefited pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers.

“Although the changes are in the first instance temporary, they will be closely monitored to ensure we can incorporate the most appropriate measures on a more permanent basis.”