15 December 2009: Plans for rail link between High Wycombe and Heathrow unveiled

A RAIL firm has announced radical plans to link High Wycombe to Heathrow Airport and restore the old line to Maidenhead.

The £500m project, which Windsor Link Railway Company aims to begin by 2013, would be privately funded.

The company proposes to build a new ‘Wycombe Parkway’ station in Loudwater, with more stops along the old line at Wycombe Marsh, Wooburn and Bourne End.

It admits houses built on or near the old route will be “problematic” but it will also consider a route to cross the motorway further to the west.

George Bathurst, the man behind the plans, said: “The main motivation is to make the region a better place to live and work.

“We believe we have a strong business case and several big firms, including HSBC, have already expressed an interest.”

He is in talks with architects and hopes to submit plans for the project and secure planning permission from the Secretary of State next year.

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