Council to launch free electric bus service along A4 in October

Council to launch free electric bus service along A4 in October

The council has launched a free electric bus service to take passengers to and from Slough town centre.

A three month trial period, funded by the council, will begin in the last week of October using experimental bus and cycle lanes along the A4.

To deliver the service, which will run from Monday to Saturday, the council teamed up with the electric bus specialists BYD UK, based in Iver, and Thames Valley Buses.

The route will start at Station Road, near junction seven on the M4, and travel through the town centre onto the Sainsbury’s roundabout at the junction of Yew Tree and Uxbridge Road.

The hourly loop service will also incorporate St Andrew’s Way, Cippenham.

The buses will also be fitted with air conditioning and USB ports.

Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said: “The experimental bus and cycle lane was introduced to help residents socially distance during the ongoing pandemic alongside making road space available for active and sustainable travel.

“I am delighted we have provided the funding to now introduce a free, fast and environmentally friendly electric bus service which will operate daily along the length of the temporary lane.

“Residents often quote the price of public transport is one of the key blockers stopping them leaving the car at home and jumping on the bus. So we have taken the blocker away with this trial.

“This free service will provide residents with a speedy, frequent service into central Slough and I look forward to seeing them on the buses.”

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  • Stranger

    14:46, 20 September 2020

    Correction: it IS NOT free. It's paid for out of council tax. Also, what Anderson is implying is that these electric buses wouldn't work without an entire dedicated bus lane. This is false. Also, the Council has been under a misapprehension for many years about how desperate people are to get to the high street. Those unused bike racks and bike hire stations along the Bath Road are a case in point. People who work in Slough don't have a hankering to get to the high street. They just want to get to work. In many cases, JUST LIKE SLOUGH COUNCILLORS AND COUNCIL EMPLOYEES, they don't even live in Slough. People who want to go shopping in Slough just want to go to their nearest Matalan or whatever - again, they don't want to go to the high street. So I hope Anderson keeps looking forward to seeing people on the buses from all quarters of Slough at all times of the day and night get to the high street, to buy their drugs.

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  • be_ transparent

    12:54, 18 September 2020

    So the public say no, so what does the council do ? Ignore them and carry on. Don't worry Rob, you and your mates are sealing their own fate I'm sorry to say.

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