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Government announces new process for rail investment

2017-10-14T10:07:34+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Ever wondered how certain rail schemes get the go-ahead, whilst you sit on an overcrowded or late train starved of investment? Well so do we.  That's why it's good news that Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, has announced a new process for major upgrades to the rail network. in a departure from the previous approach, the government will allocate funds separately for major upgrades following a new process to ensure they are deliverable and secure the best value for money for

WLR in Hansford Review

2017-08-30T11:40:39+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Tags: , |

The Windsor Link Railway has been listed in the Hansford Review*. Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail says: Network Rail is ultimately accountable to the public for the safety and operation of the vast majority of the rail network in Britain. But that should not mean that Network Rail is the only body that can build or renew infrastructure on or around the railway. I believe in the power of competition to drive efficiency, creativity and innovation.

Government Gives Private Investment Green Light

2017-08-01T22:51:01+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Tags: , |

The Government has given the green light to private investment in its new Transport Investment Strategy, published last week, saying: We are actively seeking to consider opportunities where private finance can play a role in delivering better value for money, or help us deliver more quickly and innovatively.

First new private railway in 100 years, Florida USA

2017-07-10T18:26:31+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Tags: |

In Florida, they're building the first new privately funded railway for over 100 years with a company called Brightline. President, Mike Reininger, says: The idea is to make something more reliable, more comfortable and more convenient than the alternatives. Trends in the USA and the UK often follow each other. The Windsor Link Railway will also be the first privately funded addition to the core railway network in Britain for over 100 years, giving similar benefits of lower fares and better, more frequent

The new PM’s comments on WLR

2017-06-01T14:59:33+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Tags: , , |

WLR welcomes the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, who is also the local MP for Maidenhead. This is what she said about the Windsor Link Railway: Good train services from Maidenhead and Twyford to London are crucial, both for commuters who live in the local area and for local businesses. That’s why I welcome proposals from the Windsor Link Railway company, which could potentially provide much quicker journey times to south London and Waterloo. These have the additional advantage of being privately-led, reducing the

Alternatives to WLR ‘poor value for money’ – official report

2017-06-01T15:04:28+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Tags: , , |

An official report published by the Thames Valley Local Economic Partnership (LEP) has supported WLR's view that the needs of not just Windsor but also Slough are best served by the proposed linking of the two lines and new station. The report finds that all the alternatives to WLR for improving links between Windsor and Slough are all 'poor value for money'. The only exception to this is a replacement bus service which is undeliverable for other reasons. Assessment of the Windsor Link Railway

Secretary of State re-iterates support for private investment in rail

2017-07-10T18:26:46+00:00 July 2nd, 2016|Tags: , , |

Speaking at the National Infrastructure Forum, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, said: And as we address the future and the consequences of our vote to leave the European Union (EU), one thing is certain. Investment in the long term infrastructure we need, has become more important, not less. Passenger demand is increasing; we are making twice as many journeys as we did in 1970. And so is the demand for economic growth. In answer to a question regarding the Windsor Link

Shaw Report favours more private investment in network

2017-06-01T16:07:13+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Tags: |

Nicola Shaw, tasked with the government of a review of Network Rail, has released her conclusions today. She has ruled out a full privatisation of Network Rail but says: Further options for involving private sector finance... should be explored to release government capital, encourage innovation, and speed up delivery of improvements for passengers. This is consistent with Network Rail Chief Executive Mark Carne's comments some months ago where he said: What I am in favour of is increased devolution to regional businesses. The first