Last week’s Royal Borough Observer not only reported the news that over 100 local companies had backed the WLR , it also revealed ideas from the West Windsor Residents Association for a new transport hub. This would be on land currently occupied by construction workers’ caravans during improvements to the dual carriageway.
WLR has proposed something very similar but rather than using a Green Belt site just off the Jubilee River, it has proposed the site of the current tip, just north of the M4. This site has a number of advantages including: easier access from the MR, not being brown field and creating a regeneration opportunity for the Chalvey area of Slough. This last point would potentially enable the transport hub to be built at no cost to the taxpayer.
However, either site would do from a transport perspective and linking with the railway would provide faster transfer times into Windsor (3 minutes into the town centre versus 10 minutes+ for a bus depending on the traffic). This increase in speed plus more the more frequent trains provided by the WLR would make park-n-ride more attractive. A transport hub linked to the railway would also improve access to rail services for residents in the outlying areas of Windsor such as Dedworth and Clewer and raise house values and employment there.
WLR welcomes these ideas and hopes they can be brought forward for the benefit of residents.