Berkshire

Slough railway station entrance closed to cars

Slough Station
Image caption Slough railway station is closing its parking bays to motorists

Slough railway station has permanently closed the parking bays at its entrance in a bid to make the area more "pedestrian friendly".

A new passenger drop off area has also been created in the Berkshire town directly opposite the O2 building.

And a new taxi rank is operating on one side of the forecourt next to the east car park.

The parking bays are due to be replaced with trees and a paved entrance by the spring.

'Easier for people'

Residents picking up passengers should use the east, west or north car parks, whilst company shuttle buses ferrying staff to and from the station will be able to park outside the O2 building.

Councillor James Swindlehurst said the works would make it "easier for people to find their way around our town".

Work to create three new lifts and a footbridge, ticket office, toilets, customer information point, and staff accommodation are under way and are scheduled to finish in time for the Olympic Games in early summer 2012.

Construction company Skanska will hold information days to assist members of the public with any queries about the works.

A Skanska representative will be available on the first floor of Slough Central Library from 10:00 GMT to 14:00 every Wednesday until April to talk about the Heart of Slough infrastructure improvements.

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