Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Funding for linking routes in Maidenhead
Funding for improved cycling in Maidenhead has been approved by Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) while a new cycling action plan has been approved by Cabinet.
The cycling action plan sets out the council’s aspiration for the next 10 years to promote cycling and improve the infrastructure for people which includes new cycle routes and cycle parking as well as improved signage and other supporting measures.
The action plan, which has been developed with input from the Cycle Forum, councillors and parish councillors, aims to encourage residents, commuters and visitors to choose cycling as an everyday form of transport, as well as for leisure and fitness.
The action plan is supported by significant investment which includes the ‘Maidenhead missing links’ where funding has been awarded by the LEP’s Local Growth Fund (LGF).
Cllr Phill Bicknell, lead member for highways, transport and Windsor, says: “I am delighted that the hard work we have put into building and developing the bid has paid off and the LEP have approved this funding. It is fantastic news for cyclists that they will be able to cycle through the town after we connect the ‘missing links’ as this delivers an important part of the jigsaw to improve the cycle paths to and through Maidenhead town centre.
“I am delighted that the hard work of the cycling action plan which sets out our aspirations for the next 10 years was also approved.
“There has been a lot of hard work put in to ensure the growth of cycling with our residents, commuters and visitors. The strategy sets out a list of schemes that we hope to deliver over the next 10 years including the missing links programme.”
Councillor Simon Dudley, leader of the council and lead member for Maidenhead regeneration and Maidenhead, says: “This is fantastic news for the town as it grows through the regeneration programme as well as supporting the wider piece of work we are doing with a variety of stakeholders to develop and improve roads, sports and leisure provision, schools and community facilities. In particular, the ‘missing links’ scheme in Maidenhead ties the town together and will join up the improvements that are due to take place across the town at the railway station, which includes 300 cycle parking spaces and improved crossings over the A308.”
The £2.8 million missing links scheme connects the town centre and residential areas in north Maidenhead which allows residents to cycle to town more easily.
Sites connected by the scheme include Saint Cloud Way, West Street, The Landing and the train station. The scheme features improved cycle routes across Town Moor, a replacement bridge over the waterway, a cycle route through Kidwells Park, and a subway link under the A4.
Over £2.2 million pounds will be invested through the LGF as well as additional funding from the council which includes developer contributions.
The cycling action plan was subject to public consultation in November 2016 with 97 responses received which was reviewed by the Highways, Transport and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Panel in September 2017. A revised version was presented to the panel in May 2018 following further work by the Cycle Forum.
The Cycling Action Plan is due to be reviewed in five years.
During 2018/19 £125,000 is being invested into cycling across the borough including:
· A4 Bath Road / Westborough Road, Maidenhead – refuge island
· Albany Road, Old Windsor – cycle contra-flow
· Churchmead School, Datchet – cycle parking
· Cox Green School, Maidenhead – toucan crossing
· Eton Wick Road – cycle access and signage improvement
· Eton Wick Village Centre – cycle parking
· Horseguards Drive, Maidenhead – adoption of private road and minor works
· St Edwards First School, Old Windsor – cycle parking
· Thames Street, Windsor – cycle parking
· West Windsor to Windsor Town Centre – wayfinding and minor works
Cabinet met on Thursday 31 January to approve the cycling action plan.