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Free sustainable transport pilot

Bath Road Central bus

Cllr James Swindlehurst on board the Bath Road Central bus at O2 headquarters where the bus terminates

Free bus journeys along Bath Road are being offered in off peak hours until 2 August.

The Bath Road Central buses ferry workers between Slough train and bus station to Slough Trading Estate during the morning and evening rush hours.

Throughout the rest of the day, between 10.05am and 3.55pm, members of the public will be able to get on board and travel the two-mile long route in and out of town along the Bath Road.

The green buses will run every 15 minutes during the off-peak times and Slough Borough Council will pick up the £6 fee. The bus will run easily along the dedicated bus lane routes making the journey quick and easy.

All people have to do is copy the QR code pictured or print it out and scan it when getting onto the bus.

QR code Bath Road Central

James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said the free journeys will last until the £30,000 pounds set aside for the free sustainable transport pilot is spent.

He said: “This is a great way to get people using the bus during the off-peak times. The bus has unhindered access into and out of the centre of Slough and could be convenient for shopping, attending appointments, getting to The Curve, The Centre or the Ice Arena, or just going to visit friends.”

Only employees whose employers contribute to the Bath Road Central Bus are permitted to use the bus in the morning and evening rush hours.

The bus and its route is the first stage of the borough wide project, the Slough Mass Rapid Transport Scheme (SMaRT), a transport system which will eventually extend to Heathrow.

Companies involved in the collaboration with Slough Borough Council include AEW, Telefonica, Ipsen, Lonza and UCB.

The bus is operated by Stewarts Coaches and funding for the highway improvements and bus priority was obtained from Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.

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