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. Last summer, WLR also announced that its proposals had been positively received by Network Rail.

In February this year, the council passed a unanimous motion in support of WLR bringing forward proposals.

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.

Government view

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    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 Paddington

  • 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 Paddington

  • 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 Paddington

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