Drivers could see an increase in journey time as major changes to car parking and public transport are carried out by Slough Borough Council.

Cabinet members agreed on Monday to carry out tests on the new transport and car parking strategy which aims to revitalise Slough town centre, installing bus lanes on both sides along the A4, reducing traffic congestion and slashing car parking spaces approximately by 1,500 within the centre.

The council’s mass rapid transit scheme (MRT), which will widen roads along the A4 to have dedicated bus lanes, will enter phase two where bus routes will be introduced from the borough boundary at Huntercombe to the Colnbrook by-pass.

Phase one of the MRT plans began in 2017 from Dover Road to High Street where the service lead for major infrastructure projects, Savio DeCruz, said it has shown very promising results, but more tests need to be done.

Guard-rails along the A4 may also be removed, if its risk assessment permits the council to do so, to facilitate better access for pedestrians, cycling and public transport.

James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “The proposals that we’re testing are the key thrust which is why we have this report.

“The aim of investing in the analysis of testing the scenarios is to make sure we have a network that can cope with the amount of growth we’re talking about.

“These tests are for us to know what we can start to bring in for planning and what the limits are that can be sustained.”

If tests are successful, then the cabinet could approve the new transport and car parking strategy later this year.