Funding to support the improvement of cycling in Maidenhead has been agreed, while a new cycling action plan has been approved by the council’s cabinet.

The council have announced that £2.8 million will be invested into the missing links scheme, aimed at helping improve accessibility to the town centre from residential areas in north Maidenhead.

Maidenhead train station is one of the sites that will be connected by the scheme. Other sites include Saint Cloud way, West Street and The Landing. The scheme will include improved routes across Town Moor, a replacement bridge over the waterway, a subway link under the A4 and a cycle route through Kidwells Park.

Over £2.2 million will be invested from the local growth fund, alongside additional funding from the council which includes contribution from developers.

The action plan sets out the council’s plans for the next ten years in the town, to promote cycling and to improve the infrastructure and facilities available to local cyclists, including new cycle routes and cycle parking as well as improving signage.

Cllr Phillip Bicknell, lead member for highways, transport and Windsor, says: “I am delighted that the hard work we have put into building and developing the bid has paid off and the LEP have approved this funding.

“It is fantastic news for cyclists that they will be able to cycle through the town after we connect the ‘missing links’ as this delivers an important part of the jigsaw to improve the cycle paths to and through Maidenhead town centre.”

Councillor Simon Dudley, leader of the council and lead member for Maidenhead regeneration and Maidenhead, says: “This is fantastic news for the town as it grows through the regeneration programme as well as supporting the wider piece of work, we are doing with a variety of stakeholders to develop and improve roads, sports and leisure provision, schools and community facilities.

“In particular, the missing links scheme in Maidenhead ties the town together and will join up the improvements that are due to take place across the town at the railway station, which includes 300 cycle parking spaces and improved crossings over the A308.”