Slough to get £5.6m to improve public transport on A4

The A4 in Slough Image copyright Google maps
Image caption The A4 passing through Slough is one of the main routes on to the M4 towards Heathrow

A busy commuter road that connects Slough with Maidenhead and Heathrow is to get a £5.6m government investment to boost its public transport links.

Slough Borough Council approved the scheme for the A4, which will include segregated bus lanes.

The council's transport leader Savio De Cruz said the improvements were "vital to the economic health of Slough".

The fund forms part of a £96.9m government investment to support economic growth in the Thames Valley.

The plans for the town, called Slough Mass Rapid Transit (SMaRT), will provide a new bus service running along the 7.5-mile (12km) stretch of the A4, with upgrades to junctions.

Mr De Cruz said the funding would "vastly improve bus journey times" and help reduce traffic congestion.

The project will be put out to tender before work can begin.

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