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Election of Chair
– That Councillor Page
be elected Chair of the Berkshire Local Transport Body (BLTB) for
the ensuing municipal year.
Election of Vice-Chair
– That Steve
Capel-Davies be elected Deputy Chair of the BLTB for the ensuing
Declarations of Interest
No declarations were made.
Minutes of the meeting held on 19th March 2015 PDF 69 KB
– That the minutes of
the BLTB held on 19th March 2015 be approved as a
Membership of Berkshire Local Transport Body PDF 52 KB
BLTB received a report of the representatives nominated by the
Berkshire local authorities for 2015/16 and the Thames Valley
Berkshire LEP members, as follows:
- Bracknell Forest Council:
Marc Brunel-Walker (Deputy – Cllr John Harrison)
Tony Page (Deputy – Cllr David Absolom)
Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead:
Colin Rayner (Deputy – Cllr
Sohail Munawar (Deputy – Roger Davis)
Garth Simpson (Deputy – Cllr Jeanette Clifford)
- Wokingham Borough Council:
John Kaiser (Deputy – Cllr John Halsall)
Valley Berkshire LEP Members:
- Charles Eales
- Matthew Taylor
– That the membership
of the BLTB for 2015/16 be noted.
Thames Valley Berkshire Local Growth Deal 2015/16 to 2020/21 PDF 53 KB
The BLTB considered a
report on the progress of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Growth
Deal, with particular reference to the schemes included in the
Transport Packages of the Strategic Economic Plan.
The report summarised
the financial position for the transport schemes in the TVB Growth
Deal with £14.725m available in 2015/16 and a provisional
£87.375m between 2016/17 to 2020/21. Confirmation on funding beyond 2015/16 was
expected from the Government later this year. Members noted the risk rating of those schemes due
to start in 2015/16, four were rated ‘green’ and three
were ‘amber’ with no significant concerns about any of
The BLTB considered
the detailed progress report on each of the programme entry schemes
as set out in Appendix 1 to the report.
Verbal updates were provided on any significant or additional
issues since publication of the agenda:
Newbury: Kings Road Link Road –
Bracknell: Warfield Link Road –
Newbury: London Road Industrial Estate
– update noted. West Berkshire
Council were meeting on 20th July, not 2nd
July as stated, to determine whether to proceed with the CPO
Wokingham: North Wokingham Distributor
Road, 2.04.3 Wokingham: South Wokingham Distributor Road and
2.04.4: Arborfield Relief Road –
update noted. Clarification was sought
on the mechanism for securing S106 or Community Infrastructure Levy
(CIL) funding. This was explained and
it was confirmed that if early delivery of the road encouraged
developers to bring sites forward and funding, any unused LEP/Local
Growth Deal funding would go into the unallocated amount and be
available for redistribution to other schemes.
- 2.05 Newbury:
Sandleford Park – update
- 2.06 Reading: Green
Park Railway Station – planning permission from Reading
Borough Council and West Berkshire Council had been
secured. The importance of links to
nearby strategic development locations and promoting pedestrian and
cycle access was discussed. Network
Rail’s decision to prioritise the electrification of the
Great Western Mainline at a time when other such schemes would be
delayed was noted.
- 2.07 Bracknell: Coral
Reef Roundabout – work was progressing ahead of
- 2.08 Slough: Rapid
Transit Phase 1, 2.10 Slough: A332 Improvements and 2.17 Slough:
A355 Route – schemes were out to tender with work due to
start in September 2015. In response to
a question, the scheme promoter confirmed they were confident the
delivery timetable was on track.
- 2.09.1 Sustainable
Transport NCN 44 – West Berkshire Council were leading and
acting as client for the work. Detailed
work on the business case was ongoing.
- 2.09.2 Sustainable
Transport A4 Cycle Route with Bucks – update noted.
- 2.11 and 2.12
Reading: South Reading MRT phases 1 and
2 – the business case was on track to be considered by BLTB
in November 2015.
- 2.13 Reading: Eastern
Park and Ride – the scheme was on track, working towards
planning permission early in 2016.
Positive discussions had taken place regarding the land ownership
- 2.14 Reading: East
Reading MRT – the scheme had been re-profiled to align with
the latest funding profile agreed with central Government.
- 2.15 Bracknell:
Martins Heron Roundabout – update noted.
- 2.16 Maidenhead:
Station Access – a development manager had been appointed to
bring the scheme together with rail providers.
Bracknell: Town Centre Regeneration
Infrastructure Improvements – update noted.
- 2.21 Slough: Langley
Station Access Improvements – progress had been effected by
the HS2 proposal to relocate the Heathrow Express Depot from Old
Oak Common to land near Langley Station. Discussions were being sought with Network
- 2.22 Slough: Burnham
Station Access Improvements – detailed scheme development was
ongoing and an experimental order would trial some of the traffic
management measures later in the year.
– The progress made on
schemes given programme entry status, as set out in Appendix 1 to
the report, be noted.
BLTB Forward Plan PDF 59 KB
The BLTB Forward Plan
for the period to July 2016 was considered. Scheme promoters were reminded of the key
deadlines in bringing forward their schemes for financial
– That the Forward Plan
Date of Next Meeting
19th November 2015, 4.00pm at The Centre, Farnham Road,
– That the next meeting
of the BLTB be held on Thursday 19th November 2015 at
4.00pm at The Centre, Farnham Road, Slough.