The Heathrow Express Depot HS2 have delayed building the depot for Heathrow Express while they are undertaking ground investigations of the proposed depot site and the access route from the Great Western Main Line. They don’t expect to start construction before 2019.
WRAtH Construction of the Western Rail Access to Heathrow (the WRAtH) may be put
back until 2022. NetworkRail have informed us that there will be a further consultation exercise in 2018. You can find details on their website at NetworkRail.co.uk/westernraillinktoheathrow
Chequers Bridge on Market Lane is likely to remain open until work starts on either the Heathrow Express depot or on the WRAtH. They will update their website (as above) from time to time. Or email email@example.com.
Slough Borough Council is being pressed by Langley and Iver residents for the route to
stay open or for a relief road to be built in view of the vulnerability of the Station Road
bridge to flooding and being hit by a tall vehicle. They inform us that they are in
contact with South Bucks District Council and Bucks County Council and also with
NetworkRail and HS2 on these issues.
CrossRail In anticipation of the introduction of the Elizabeth Line (previously
known as CrossRail) Transport for London has taken over responsibility from Great
Western Railway for the operation of Langley Station. We are promised disabled
access to all Langley station platforms to be provided in time for the extension of the line to Maidenhead and Reading at the end of 2019. They have awarded a contract for the construction of step-free access to the platforms by three new lifts and a new
footbridge. There will also be a refurbished ticket hall including new ticket gates and
The ‘Third Runway’ Heathrow Airport is due to set up a further consultation exercise about traffic issues, including moving the route of the M25, if the Third Runway goes ahead. Langley residents would hope that this gives them the opportunity to identify what impact this is likely to have on noise and other pollution resulting from access to the airport and the third runway in particular.
Monitors have been established in various locations in Langley to identify the level of
Gravel Extraction Cemex are preparing to start gravel extraction from the North Park site. They will be holding a meeting with local representative bodies in February.
Langley residents are concerned about the impact of HGVs driving to and from the site
via Sutton Lane or, as an alternative, Parlaunt Road. In particular there is a need to
improve the Sutton Lane/Parlaunt Road/North Park junction and access to Sutton
Parking near Langley Station
Slough Borough Council proposes to introduce a limited extension of double
yellow lines in the Barton Road/Talbot Avenue area, but residents in the area are
invited to submit to the Council proposals for overcoming the problem of parking by
commuters and using the area as a rat run, while at the same time ensuring parking for
local residents, e.g. by yellow lines, residents only parking or no parking during the middle of the day.
The frequency of buses through Langley was reduced in December, buses on Route 7 from Slough to Heathrow via Trelawney Avenue now running every 15 minutes. Buses to Uxbridge via Langley Road are now halfhourly. Reading Buses have taken over
running route 702 from Bracknell to London and are operating roughly to the same
timetable as before.
By: Bill Birmingham
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