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. In 2013, WLR also announced that its proposals had been positively received by Network Rail.
In February 2014, responding to the petition, the council passed a unanimous motion in support of WLR bringing forward proposals and in 2015 it was included in the Preferred Options Borough Local Plan.
The company is now working on more detailed plans and is in negotiations with a small number of selected partners to raise further private finance.
The table below shows a comparison between the morning peak journey times today from Windsor to London Paddington, today, after Crossrail and with WLR phase 1.
Similar benefits to other towns in the region also apply, particularly in later phases where connectivity around the region is greatly enhanced, both to London and between each town.
To see what WLR will do for your town, see our schematic map.