MAJOR road improvement works at Langley High Street are nearing completion as councillors choose to plant cherry trees to spruce up the area.

The revamp of the transport links between the High Street and the Meadfield Road junction has been ongoing since the summer of 2020.

Some of the works include widening the junctions between Harrow Market and Elmhurst Road, installing new puffin crossings, heritage lamps and traffic signals, and extending the 20mph speed limit.

The aim of this is to ease congestion during peak hours in order to anticipate the increase in traffic following re-routed traffic that usually goes through Hollow Hill Lane – which is closed for the proposed construction of the Western Link to Heathrow.

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The project has been paid for by the Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Slough Borough Council.

Councillors sitting on the trustee committee heard on Monday, January 24, that highway works could be completed by April if bad weather does not disrupt the schedule.

Royal Borough Observer: Option B of the landscapingOption B of the landscaping

The parks team is yet to start the landscaping and tree replacement works on the eastern side of Langley Memorial Ground and presented members with three options for the types of plants councillors want to see in the ground and along the High Street.

Officers recommended option A, which would see a flower meadow, a new path and entrance, and new park railing fences installed at a cost of £7,727.50.

However, members chose option B to include cherry trees along a pathway within the memorial ground for an extra £4,000.

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The maintenance costs of the new upgrades for 10 years could cost £22,875.83.

Despite this, councillors believed the cherry trees would look “impressive” along the path and unanimously back option B.

The landscaping works are expected to be completed by early summer.