The House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into Surface Transport to Airports has ordered evidence submitted by WLR to be published. WLR's evidence agrees with British Airways, that the currently proposed links are too expensive and counter-productive, likely leading to worse traffic congestion if the airport grows. The Windsor Link Railway offers a solution to this problem, which saves the taxpayers almost a billion pounds. It adds direct connections to Heathrow and Crossrail from Windsor and Ascot (and improves links to Slough and Maidenhead)
The government today has announced that Crossrail will be extended to Reading. This will mean not only improved services but also some cost savings as less work will be required at Maidenhead. WLR is always very supportive of a more efficient railway and better services, so welcomes these improvements. What we need to see next is the Heathrow branch of Crossrail extended to Ascot and Bracknell, which would be facilitated by WLR phase 2.
A big thank you to the guys at the Surrey Branch of Rail Future for their support and assistance. WLR gave a presentation there yesterday. Also presented at the same meeting was Crossrail South. This is a plan to extend the lines into Waterloo to connect up to the Charing Cross lines, enabling a whole host of new journey options to the East and the North. It is very similar in principle to the Windsor Link Railway because (a) it reduces the operational inefficiencies
The Telegraph reports: Property prices within a 10-minute walk of central London Crossrail stations have risen by more than 30% since the project was announced in 2008. The growth in values was 8% greater than wider improvements for central London, according to a study by estate agent Knight Frank.