New car park will 'future proof' Burnham Station ahead of Crossrail

New car park will 'future proof' Burnham Station ahead of Crossrail

Emma Billingham

New car park will 'future proof' Burnham Station ahead of Crossrail

A new car park is planned to be built in a move to ‘future proof’ Burnham Railway Station.

Land adjacent to the station in Station Road is to be changed from its current grassy state with a picnic seating area into parking spaces.

The car park will be run by Slough Borough Council (SBC), which was given a grant of £1.5million from the Government last year to implement improvements to the station and its surroundings to make it equipped to deal with the expected increase in users when Crossrail is implemented in 2019.

The cost of the conversion of the land into car parking will be covered by this pot of money.

The land earmarked to be concreted over was re-landscaped three years ago at a cost of £20,000, footed by SBC.

It grassed over the previous shrubland area and put in picnic benches.

It is not yet known how many spaces the new car park will contain.

Head of transport at SBC, Savio DeCruz said: “The grass area is to be converted to a car park, this was part of outline design to help future proof the station when Crossrail comes. The car park will be run by the council, not the train operator.”

The roads around the railway station are impacted by the second phase of a traffic experiment put in by SBC to ease congestion on Burnham Lane.

Traffic is currently allowed to travel under Station Road bridge northbound one-way, and traffic heads southbound under Burnham Lane bridge one-way. The experimental phase is due to end in May with a final decision of the new traffic flow system to be made then.

Mr DeCruz said a design is currently being produced for the car park but a decision will not be made until the summer following the experimental traffic scheme.

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