The final phase of a major project improving cycle access around Maidenhead is “gearing up” to start in earnest from Tuesday 2 August 2022, bringing upgraded paths and a new bridge to the Town Moor area.
Maidenhead Missing Links is a cycle route that connects current and future residential areas in the north with the town centre and railway station, making active travel across Maidenhead safer and more convenient in support of the council’s Environment and Climate Strategy.
The scheme by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is part of a £2.8m investment, mostly funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership. It has included improvements at a number of key locations to help people transition to cycling or walking for shorter journeys.
Works in the Town Moor area will involve the replacement of the narrow footbridge over Strand Water with a wider shared-use bridge for both walkers and cyclists, along with widening various paths across Town Moor to allow for safe shared use.
To ensure these significant works can happen safely and efficiently, the bridge and paths crossing the northern part of Town Moor will be closed temporarily, from 2 August 2022 into winter 2022/23. Before that, from next week, closure will be required of a smaller part of the moor and one path crossing it. Signed diversions will be in place for both phases of work.
Councillor Phil Haseler, Cabinet Member Highways & Transport, Parking, & Planning, said: “Cyclists and pedestrians are already benefitting from the Missing Links route and, like myself, will be excited about the completion of the final phase of this major strategic investment in active travel and healthy travel choices in Maidenhead.
“The Missing Links scheme aims to create safer and more convenient cycling routes, helping more people to reduce their reliance on vehicles for short journeys, which supports our Environment and Climate Strategy, as well as the health and wellbeing of residents.
“We’re now gearing up to start these much-needed works. In order to complete these significant upgrades safely and as quickly as possible, there will need to be temporary closures and diversions in place, which of course will affect some people, and we would like to thank you in advance for your patience.”