WINDSOR and Maidenhead town centres are set to see improvements very soon in order to support pedestrian and cycle access.

From Monday, September 6, surface improvements are to be made on King Street, Maidenhead, to the south of High Street. This will include tactile paving to indicate the crossing at the junction with Nicholsons Lane, which improves safety for people with visual impairments.

At the same time, works will be carried out on Thames Street and Romney Lock Car Park in Windsor by installing two new benches in the car park, footway build-out and paving improvements outside the Theatre Royal, and infill of existing parking bays and paving improvements outside Lloyds Bank.

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It is said the first phase of the Windsor works will support economic activity in the town and will create more space for pedestrians now that the streets are getting busier.

The Maidenhead project is part of the missing links scheme, which aimed to create safe cycling routes and is funded mainly by the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.

Pedestrians will be diverted to one side of King Street while work is carried out on the other. When complete, pedestrians will be given access to the completed side and works will start on the other. Access to businesses will be maintained throughout.

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Works on the centre section of King Street will commence once the footways on both sides have been completed.

Councillor Gerry Clark, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “I am pleased that the Missing Links project is progressing towards completion with the start of our planned improvements to part of King Street.

“Businesses will remain open while work is carried out, and we will be contacting those affected, including local residents, to explain more about the work. These works are planned to be carried out between 9.30am and 3.30pm to minimise disruption to residents and our contractors will do all they can to minimise disturbance.”