Slough is all set to allow e-scooter fans to rent the hi-tech, zero emission vehicles and to use them in its bus lanes.

The 12 month long e-scooter rental scheme has been approved by the Department of Transport and goes live next month - it will also see 25 local skilled jobs created.

The 250 distinctive orange scooters will have a top speed of 15.5mph for experienced riders and a 9mph top speed for beginners. They will only be allowed on roads and riders will be able to use the town’s bus and on-road cycle lanes.

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The rental e-scooters will be banned from pavements, even shared pavements where cyclists are permitted.

The scooters are operated by the company Neuron Mobility - the largest operator in Australia and New Zealand - and this will be its first scheme of this kind in the UK.

They can be rented by people aged 18 years and over who hold a full or provisional driving licence.

The trial is part of the council’s transport initiatives to encourage changes to the way short journeys are made.

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Cllr Rob Anderson, Slough Borough Council cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said: “This is an exciting first for Slough.

“We are leading the way in the use of alternative electric vehicles and the potential benefits of their use in the future.

“The town’s bus lanes, including the current experimental lanes on the A4, will be able to be used by the rental scooters leading to them being an attractive and sustainable way to travel in the borough.”