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is a town and unitary authority (Borough of Slough) in England. In the 2001 census the population was 119,070 (est. 122,000 in 2006). It is one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the UK, situated some 22 miles (35 km) west of central London and 20 miles (32 km) east of Reading.
It is home to the Slough Trading Estate, the United Kingdom's first such estate, the largest in single ownership, and one of the largest in Europe overall. This, coupled with extensive transport links, makes it one of the most important business centres in the south east of England. It is also home to the largest campus of Thames Valley University.
Slough is situated just to the west of Greater London. Proximate towns include Windsor to the south, Maidenhead to the west, Uxbridge to the northeast and Bracknell to the southwest.
The Heart of Slough Project is a highly ambitious, multimillion Pound plan for the redevelopment of Slough's Town Centre. The aim is to create a leading European and national focus, and cultural quarter for creative media, information and communications industries. It will create a mixed-use complex, multi-functional buildings, visual landmarks and a public space in the Thames Valley.
Most recently recommendations for the £400 million project have been approved, with work possibly starting in 2008 for completion in 2011.
Slough is twinned with: Montreuil, France
To Heathrow Airport: First Berkshire bus routes 75, 76 and 77 serve Slough town centre, Langley and Heathrow. Taxis and minicabs are also available at a higher cost.
To London: buses are available, but rail is more generally used. See below. Taxis, minicabs and private cars on roads are also used.
Slough, along with a number of other boroughs, is bidding to be part of the Crossrail Project, a new trans-London rail link likely to start construction in the early 2010s:
Cross London Rail Links (Crossrail) is a 50/50 joint venture company formed by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT).
Crossrail is tasked with promoting and developing two new routes through London: Crossrail Line 1 (West-East) and Crossrail Line 2 (NorthEast-SouthWest).
Crossrail was allocated a budget of £154m in 2001 by central Government to carry out feasibility work for both Lines 1 and 2, and to acquire Parliamentary powers for Line 1.