Roadworks

Roadworks in and around Slough

You can also find information on roadworks in Slough, as well as the option of receiving e-mail alerts, on the national roadworks website.

Resurfacing programme

The highways team produce a programme of works to footpaths, pavements and roads in the borough.

Each year we carry out a series of special inspections on all the roads and a proportion of pavements in Slough. Based upon these, we draw up a list of roads that need resurfacing in order of technical merit. A lot of factors determine the priority of a road on the list and include the state of the road’s surface, whether the road is actually failing structurally, the road classification, proximity of schools, hospitals or other vulnerable users.

Crossrail work in and around Slough

The Crossrail website has details of current and planned work which is being undertaken as part of the Crossrail project, including information about road closures.

Traffic management - council permit scheme

From 4th March 2015, Slough will be operating under The Traffic Management (Slough Borough Council) Permit Scheme Order 2014. This will help us to manage street and road works across the road network better. The scheme excludes the motorways, for which the Highways Agency is the Highway Authority. Find out more about the SBC permit scheme.

Utility streetworks

Under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, utility companies have to inform the council of any work being carried out. We will inspect a percentage of this work.

If there is a problem with a utility service please contact the utility company direct - their details should be provided at the site of the works.

If there is a problem with the road surface please complete the online report a street issue form or email tfs@slough.gov.uk

National Productivity Investment Fund

£185 million in 2017/18

The funding for local highway and other local transport improvements which aims to reduce congestion at key locations, upgrade or improve the maintenance of local highway assets across England, outside London, to improve access to employment and housing, to develop economic and job creation opportunities.

Of the £185 million Slough will receive £381,000 which will be spent as follows:

  • Facilitate access to jobs/housing
    Bike Hire docks x 3 = £90,000
    Bike Hire bikes x 10 = £20,000
  • Public transport
    New Bus Shelter Hub for MRT (UCB/Lonza) £40,000
  • Congestion reduction
    Widening of Huntercombe Spur roundabout to facilitate an express lane - £150,000
    Variable Message Signs for Farnham Road, Wexham Road and Windsor Road at borough boundary - £81,000

Slough, Reading and Wokingham Street Lighting Upgrade Project

The Street Lighting Upgrade Project is a joint initiative between Slough, Reading and Wokingham borough councils which officially started in the middle of April, although about 20 new lamps were installed in Leigh Road, Long Furlong Drive and in some other streets across Slough.

We successfully led a joint bid for the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) highways challenge fund in March 2015 and the three councils were awarded £19.3m. The funding will cover 70 percent of the cost of upgrading lighting in all three boroughs, with the remaining 30 percent coming from each council.

We will use our £6.2m share to replace all of its street lanterns, all concrete columns and any steel columns that are in poor condition.

Depending on weather conditions, the two-year project is due to end in April 2018 for all three boroughs. It will replace all of Slough’s 11,300 street lamps with LED energy efficient ones, which:

  • use 65-70 percent less electricity than standard street lights
  • need half as much maintenance and are expected to last 100,000 hours - about 20 years
  • come with a centralised computer system that allows us to control and dim lights remotely if needed.

Since getting the grant we have awarded the contract to Volker Highways

Pothole Fund

In the 2014 Budget statement Government announced the “Pothole Fund” worth £200 million. £168 million of the fund was made available to Highway Authorities throughout England to help repair the damaged local road network. The funding was made available for the 2014-2015 financial year and Highway Authorities including Slough Borough Council’s were required to bid for a share of the Pothole Fund.

Following assessment of applications by the Government’s Department for Transport in June 2014 Slough Borough Council was awarded £111,751 to complement its existing 2014/15 highway maintenance budgets. Since the award to the end of November 2014 Slough Borough Council has spent £50,000 of the £111,751 award on pothole repairs. During this period the council spent a further £70,000 on pothole repairs from its 2014/15 revenue highway maintenance budgets. The remainder of the grant is committed and works are planned for quarter four 2014/15.

Pothole repairs are not the most effective use of highway maintenance budgets and the council is committed to undertake preventative works on the network whenever possible. The council’s highways division are working closely with our partners Amey Contracting to use new technology called “NuPhalt” for further pothole and preventative footway/carriageway patching works.

The Nu-Phalt system provides a number of advantages over conventional repair methods. Permanent repairs, when undertaken correctly, show a saving of 75% in new material usage. We have obtained the information on the material saving from our term maintenance contractor, Slough Amey, whose operatives have been trained to use the Nu-Phalt system. We have been informed by Amey that the new process has achieved an average saving of 2.25t of new asphalt being used in Slough per month. Amey’s operatives undertake the repair works to a higher and more time efficient standard than regular repair methods, currently saving approx. 1 hr per week in traffic disruption. Nu-Phalt is a much quieter process than regular breakouts therefore having less impact on Slough residents, schools and businesses through the working day. Nu-Phalt is also less physically demanding for the operatives than conventional methods so reducing risk of strain and injury. No lost time incidents have been reported during the trial period. The process has had a reduced impact on the environment showing savings of 4.8t Co2 per month through reduced waste and transportation.

This technology which includes an element of recycling has the potential to reduce carbon usage and waste and can be carried out in cold, wet conditions which are problematic to more established pothole and patching works. Trials have taken place within Slough and an initial works programme has been agreed and programmed to run to the end of the financial year in March 2015. Following an assessment of this initial programme a decision will be made with Amey Contracting whether to continue with the technology in 2015/16.

The NuPhalt technology is in use by our contractor Amey and the programme of work is progressing well. The technology will prove to be a valuable tool to permanently repair the potholes and defect areas in Slough’s highway network which will reduce the risk to the travelling public.

Slough Borough Council is committed to work with Government initiatives such as those coming through the Highway Maintenance Efficiency Programme and effective asset management principles, these will ensure the highway network is being maintained in a cost effective manner ensuring value for money and keeping the network safe for its users.

Additional Department for Transport funding

In 2013-2014 expenditure year, we received £153K additional highway maintenance funding from the Department for Transport (DfT). Also, on 28 March 2014 the Department for Transport issued a further £87,613 Severe Weather Grant to assist with maintenance of the roads following flooding events between 29 October 2013 and 28 February 2014.

We have used this funding to supplement our annual carriageway resurfacing programme by adding 9 extra sites throughout the whole borough. The 9 extra sites are:

  1. Long Furlong Drive – between Lynch Hill Lane and Pemberton Road
  2. Hay Mill Road – between Whittaker Road and Burnham Lane
  3. Leeds Road and Pool Lane – Full length
  4. Myrtle Crescent – Full length
  5. Knolton Way between Moat Drive and The Frithe
  6. The Frithe between Uxbridge Road and Berryfield
  7. Kimberley Close – Full Length
  8. Drift Way between No 1 and No 22
  9. Boarlands Close – Full length

We carried out the above resurfacing programme based on the strategy and approach set out in our Transport Asset Management Plan which has been adopted by the cabinet in February 2013 and consultation with our ward councillors.

We also participate in the Highway Maintenance Efficiency Programme which is led by the Department for Transport.

Before and after photos of resurfacing Myrtle Crescent and Pool Lane

Photo of before and after the resurfacing of Myrtle Crescent.
Photo of before and after the resurfacing of Pool Lane.

We have looked ahead to using more innovative carbon friendly materials as well as wanting to minimise traffic disruption for road users. We have decided to choose the Nu-Phalt material for trial in Slough. Part of the special grant money has been used to procure the plant and train our term maintenance contractors operatives, in order to get them ready for carrying out the Nu-Phalt trial in the 2014-15 expenditure year.

Highways and Transport Service Plan

Transport and highways are important to everyone, whether you are a resident, a business or a commuter passing through the town.

The main focus of our service plan is to ensure roads are maintained to a good standard, economic competitiveness is achieved, congestion is reduced by providing alternatives to cars and the development of new housing and school places is facilitated.

Highways communications plan 2015/16