M4 Smart Motorway Project.
What is happening?
The Highways Agency is planning to improve the M4 by making it a “smart motorway” (previously known as managed motorways) between junctions 3 and 12. Smartmotorways help relieve congestion by using technology to vary speed limits. They also allow the hard shoulder to be used as a running lane at peak times to create additional capacity. They deliver these benefits at a significantly lower cost than conventional motorway widening and with less impact on the environment during construction.
Find out more at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/M4-junctions-3-12/
SMaRT (Slough Mass Rapid Transit) Bus Lane scheme
Part of the Slough-wide SMaRT (Slough Mass Rapid Transit) bus scheme means the widening of London Road, Langley. SMaRT system is to run along London Road, Langley, largely alongside Kedermister Park, to create a priority bus lane.
Slough Borough Council is to receive £3.6m for the SMaRT project in 2015/16, with a further £2m to come the following year, with the additional costs expected to be funded by the council and contributions from section 106 agreements.
October 2015 Slough Borough Council’s planning committee agreed to go ahead with plans to widen the A4 London Road in Langley, despite strong objection from residents. Prior to this meeting, seven objections had been received with concerns over a loss of trees, more tarmac not enhancing the look of the area, an increase in the number of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), more noise, loss of open space and an added risk to pedestrians.
Development of BT Site off Langley Road
The whole Council will be asked to consider the application for housing development on the BT site off Langley Road opposite Spencer Road. Their decision may determine the conditions under which the application may be approved.
The Merrymakers site Meadow Road
The New Langley Community Association has drawn up a petition to Slough Borough Council requesting the inclusion of a GP’s surgery as part of the redevelopment of the Merrymakers site at the junction of Trelawney Avenue and Meadow Road.
Langley Park House to become 5 Star Hotel “The Langley”
The Grade II listed 18th Century County house in Langley Park into a 5-star, 43 bedroom hotel which will include its own underground spa facility and reorganising the winter garden as a function room. The aim is restore the house to its former glory with respect and care for the original period features. It is envisaged that the project will complete in Q4 2017.
Langley Properties at risk of Flooding
The Environment Agency has issued a new map showing areas at risk of flooding. These include properties close to the stream that passes under Palmerston Avenue and St Bernards Road. The map also shows the watercourse that crosses Middle Green, passes the Orchards estate, the proposed site of the Heathrow Express depot and Market Lane near the railway bridge. Redrawing of the map could have an impact on the cost of household insurance.
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