Council approves ‘preferred options’ policies supporting WLR

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s cabinet yesterday evening approved ‘preferred options’ policies for supporting the Windsor Link Railway.

This is for the Borough Local Plan, which is due to go for a second consultation in June.

The key parts relevant to WLR are preferred policy option INF2 (Sustainable Transport):

It is proposed to amend Preferred Policy Option INF2 to provide support for the linking of the two rail lines in Windsor provided that it can be demonstrated there would be no substantial harm to any heritage assert and that the proposals are otherwise in accordance with the Borough Local Plan.

The linking of the two railway lines in the town of Windsor could deliver significant improvements in public transport. Currently, one is operated by First Great Western and the other by South West Trains, with the former using Windsor Central Railway Station and the latter operator using Windsor Riverside Station. The Windsor Link Railway proposal would create one Windsor station serving both networks on one continuous railway line.

And preferred option policy RET2 (Maidenhead and Windsor Town Centres):

It is proposed to amend Preferred Policy Option RET2 to give greater recognition of the economic, retail and tourism role of Windsor.

Click on the button below to see the full paper (with the polices above at pp 57 and 58).

RBWM cabinet paper  

Subject to the results of the consultation, the borough local plan is expected to be submitted for examination towards the end of this year.