A £6m road improvement scheme through the centre of Maidenhead enters a new phase next week when work begins on the Ray Mead Road roundabout.

This latest phase will see work carried out to reduce the size of the roundabout’s pedestrian island, creating a wider carriageway that will allow two vehicles to approach the roundabout side-by-side and reduce congestion.

The pedestrian island will remain wide enough to allow pedestrians and those with prams, wheelchairs and other mobility aids to wait safely on the island.

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The work, which begins on Monday and runs daily between 9am and 3.30pm until Friday, February 19 is part of the council’s programme to regenerate the town which is partly funded through the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Councillor Gerry Clark, lead member for transport and infrastructure, said: “The draft Borough Local Plan proposes a sustainable pattern of development for the borough until 2033, including new housing and affordable housing to fulfil the needs of all residents.

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“This work will help create more capacity and assist traffic flow through Maidenhead, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.

“Prior to approval we carried out a public engagement on the scheme, and the more detailed design work was completed last year."

Work on the Stafferton Way/Braywick Road roundabout has already completed and planned resurfacing work will take place later this year.

In the coming months further work will be carried out on four other roundabouts in Maidenhead - A4/B3024 Oldfield Road/Lassell Gardens (Oldfield Junction), A4 / A308 Castle Hill (Castle Hill Roundabout), A4 / B4447 Cookham Road / Market Street (Cookham Roundabout) and A308(M) / A308 The Binghams (Braywick Roundabout).