A £6 million road improvement scheme, to improve traffic flow through the centre of Maidenhead, enters a new phase next week when work begins on improvements to the Ray Mead Road roundabout.
This latest phase will see work carried out to reduce the size of the roundabout’s pedestrian island, creating a wider carriageway that will allow two vehicles to approach the roundabout side-by-side, allowing for both an increase in capacity and a reduction in congestion. The pedestrian island will remain wide enough to allow pedestrians and those with prams, wheelchairs, and other mobility aids to wait safely on the island.
The work, which begins on Monday, February 8 and runs daily between 9am and 3.30pm until Friday, February 19, is part of the council’s programme to regenerate the town and ensure the infrastructure supports the current and future needs of the town and its residents. The scheme is partly funded through the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Councillor Gerry Clark, lead member for transport and infrastructure, said: “The draft Borough Local Plan proposes a sustainable pattern of development for the borough until 2033, including new housing and affordable housing to fulfil the needs of all residents.
“This work will help create more capacity and assist traffic flow through Maidenhead, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. Prior to approval, we carried out a public engagement on the scheme, and the more detailed design work was completed last year.
“This represents not only a significant investment in Maidenhead’s road infrastructure, on top of the funding the council has already allocated, but also a significant investment in the future of Maidenhead itself.”
Work on the Stafferton Way/Braywick Road roundabout has already completed and planned resurfacing work will take place later this year. In the coming months further work will be carried out on four other roundabouts in Maidenhead:
- A4/B3024 Oldfield Road/Lassell Gardens (Oldfield Junction) – February 22 and May 20
- A4 / A308 Castle Hill (Castle Hill Roundabout) – March 8 to May 7
- A4 / B4447 Cookham Road / Market Street (Cookham Roundabout) – dates to follow
- A308(M) / A308 The Binghams (Braywick Roundabout) – dates to follow
The council is delivering significant road investment ahead of major developments to ensure our infrastructure is ready for an increasing population. This work will help create more capacity and assist traffic flow through Maidenhead, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.