The Windsor Link Railway is on the agenda for two council meetings in coming weeks. On Wednesday this week (16 May) at 7 pm in the Guildhall the Aviation Forum will hear about the project from the perspective of linking Heathrow to Windsor and the surrounding region. On Monday 21 May there is a special meeting of the Planning and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Panel . This will look at the opportunities that the Windsor Link Railway will create for improving the riverside area
See here for a new one-page summary of the Windsor Link railway as it benefits Windsor. More info on other towns in the region coming soon. What is the Windsor Link Railway
The Windsor Chamber of Commerce has organised a letter to the Secretary of State for transport supporting the Windsor Link Railway by asking it to be included as an option for a western link to Heathrow. Over 100 Windsor and Eton companies, large and small, have now supported the letter below. If you are a company and want to add your name to the list, please email us. Chamber Letter to SoS 170412x If you are an individual and want to support WLR but
Whilst the focus on the Windsor Link Railway is initially around Windsor, this is only the first part of a wider vision of transport for the region - restoring missing links to provide extra transport capacity at little cost. Re-opening the line from Maidenhead to High Wycombe (and thereby giving a direct link from Oxford to Heathrow) is part of this vision. Hat tip to Ian Smith for drawing my attention to his letter in the Buck Free Press.
We’ve been keeping deliberately quite here for the last year while we focus on a business case for phase 1 (connecting Slough to Staines via Windsor) of the new railway. The initial results are complete and I thought I would share the headline results. At the beginning of last year WLR started the work to look at the engineering costs. This found that the proposed tunnel would cost around £75 million, of which £40 million would be for the cut-n-cover tunnel under Thames Avenue
The Windsor Link Railway is featured in the latest issues of Modern Railways (£). The article focusses on solutions for a western rail link to Heathrow, one of which is the Windsor Link and the other is Wandsworth's proposal for 'Airtrack Lite' (£). These two proposals dovetail very well and are mutually supportive. The Windsor Link Railway is also pleased to see the Mayor of London supporting Wandsworth's proposals.
See us in the Windsor Observer
Last week engineering work started. This is feasibility work, looking at whether the the proposed tunnel through Windsor can be built at a reasonable cost. It is being done by one of the largest and most respected rail engineering firms in the country. Once this is complete, the next step will be to do initial demand modelling to verify that there is an adequate business case, both for private investors and for Department for Transport. Initial indications are that the engineering will be cheaper than
Yesterday, the high speed link to the north (HS2) and Crossrail projects were confirmed by the Chancellor. We hope to hear next week from the Secretary of State on the fate of Airtrack. A reader, however, as emailed to ask how the Windsor Link would connect to HS2 and what would be the best option for local people. This is in the context of the Secretary of State asking for a better way of connecting to Heathrow than the plans announced by the previous government. Although it should
Windsor Link presented at the end of last month at the Rail Summit. We had pride of place, speaking immediately after the Transport Secretary, Theresa Villiers, and Network Rail Director, Paul Plummer. If you missed it, please get in touch for a copy of the presentation.