Phase one of the Windsor Link Railway provides better connections between the important economic areas around the the M3 and M4 corridors leading to south-west London – correcting an historical anomaly caused by the boundary between the original railway companies. Phase two connects both areas to Heathrow.
The area to the west of Heathrow is Britain’s Silicon Valley. Improving transport links in this region will add significantly to economic growth for the whole country
The Windsor Link Railway costs taxpayers £1 billion less than other proposals for linking Heathrow to the west whilst providing more benefit
Better rail links provide a sustainable way to economic growth whilst improving the environment
Better transport helps shops and businesses. Over 100 local companies have written to the Secretary of State for Transport in support of the Windsor Link Railway, including:
In addition to support from local businesses, WLR has received overwhelming support from local people responding to a survey and a petition generated over 1,000 signatures. Last summer, WLR also announced that its proposals had been positively received by Network Rail.
The company is now working on more detailed plans and is in negotiations to raise further private finance.
The Airport Commission led by Sir Howard Davies has released it’s interim report giving a short-list of three options:
The Commission has also left the door open for a Thames Estuary airport, effectively making a fourth option.
Sir Howard has also written previously to the Chancellor on the importance of surface access and the need for better south-west access to Heathrow I the short-term, whatever option is finally selected.
As summarised by the table below, this results in the Windsor Link Railway emerging as the optimum solution, and the only one that is consistent with his remaining four options.