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.


Supporters

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:

 

Current status

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.

The company is now working on more detailed plans and has formally submitted a draft GRIP 2 (feasibility) report to Network Rail.

Government view


  • Theresa Villiers 300x200 The Government is keen to explore innovative ways of funding proposals for new train services and rail infrastructure which meet transport needs and deliver value for money. Ministers welcome the proposals for the Windsor Link Railway.

     

    Rt Hon Theresa Villiers , Transport Minister, 2011-12

  • Faster journey times to London

    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.

    Windsor to London Paddington

    • 10 minutes faster than today
    • 22 minutes less variable journey time
    • Improvement twice as much as Crossrail


    Today

    Windsor to Paddingtonper month

    • Average journey time
      51 minutes
    • Best case journey time
      28 minutes
    • Worst case journey time
      1 hour 12 minutes
    • Variability
      44 minutes

    With Crossrail

    Windsor to Paddingtonper month

    • Average journey time
      46 minutes
    • Best case journey time
      28 minutes
    • Worst case journey time
      1 hour 3 minutes
    • Variability
      35 minutes

    Windsor Link Railway

    Windsor to Paddingtonper month

    • Average journey time
      41 minutes
    • Best case journey time
      28 minutes
    • Worst case journey time
      51 minutes
    • Variability
      22 minutes