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The new PM’s comments on WLR

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

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

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

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Council consultation finds 72% supports Windsor rail link

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has published the results of its statutory consultation conducted last summer. This found that respondents supported the railway by 72% to just 28% opposed

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Shaw Report favours more private investment in network

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

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WLR evidence to Select Committee published

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

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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

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What people want

HRH Prince Charles has launched in Islington an excellent report by his Foundation for Building Community on making development popular, Housing Communities: what people want. This identifies principles that WLR is keen to emulate as part of the housing element of the project in Windsor. The foundation found clear themes emerging from their workshops with

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Road and rail National Policy Statement should back more projects, say MPs

The influential Transport Select Committee has said that the government’s National Policy Statement on national networks, should include more projects, not just freight, and should include other schemes that promote regional growth (such as WLR). The report also recommends better integration between HS2 and the rest of the rail network, as proposed by WLR.

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Crossrail extended to Reading

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

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New Transport Ministers

The Windsor Link Railway welcomes two excellent appointments to the Department for Transport. Susan Kramer, appointed as Transport Minister, brings a wealth of private sector transport experience to her role. She rose to a Vice-President in Citibank and set-up her own company advising on infrastructure project. She’s also taken a keen interest in London transport

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