SLOUGH Borough Council has been given complete funding to go ahead with the final phase of widening Langley High Street.

The Berkshire Local Transport Body convened on November 12 (Thursday) and approved for £1.6 million from the Local Growth Fund to be invested into the scheme.

Slough Borough Council will also contribute over £400,000 – totalling to £2.053 million just for the third stage of the widening project.

Nearly £8 million from the three-phased tranche of funding has been invested overall to the Langley road system.

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The funds will be used as part of works along the Station Road corridor, which involves widening between Langley Road and the Langley Rail Station Bridge from one lane to two lanes in each direction.

The works will be undertaken on the western side of Station Road between Langley Road and Scholars Walk and the eastern side of Station Road between Scholars Walk and Alderbury Road.

The scheme will also create passive provision to turn one lane in each direction into a cycleway or bus lane in the future.

The improvements aim to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and give better transport links to the wider area in Langley.

Councillor Robert Anderson (Labour: Britwell and Northborough), lead member for transport and environmental services, said: “This is just literally building on the improvements of the first two things that we are going to deliver and makes the scheme whole because whilst the first two sections do have benefits in themselves, to have the third one gives us a complete package and makes the whole scheme hang together.”

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Bill Hicks, head of infrastructure at Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said this scheme will deliver over 350 homes and 286 jobs.

However, Slough Borough Council is subject to meet conditions before they are granted the final set of funds – which includes showing the council can cover potential overspends, proof they had ‘positive’ discussions and agreements with landowners about affected places, and production of a revised assessment on the scheme’s costs.

Phase one and two funding were awarded in June and July of this year to other works in and around the High Street.

It was split into three sections because there were ‘real concerns’ that the full funding for the project was not available.