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The reasons for change

Fragmented rail network

Capacity problems on main lines. Branch lines under-utilised

The railways into London can be fast but operating at capacity. Service resilience problems aggravated a lack of alternative routes and north-south connectivity, funnelling people via Reading or London

Severe road congestion

Unreliable journey times on key strategic routes

The M4 is nearing capacity, currently taking 130,000 journeys per day. Unpopular congestion taxes are being mooted to allow Heathrow expansion but many journeys will still only be practical by road.

Poor air quality CO2 and NOx

28,000 premature deaths p.a. from pollution

The EU has issued the UK a ‘final warning’ for NO2 emissions. It’s a key challenge for expanding Heathrow, although 16% of pollution on nearby roads is from the airport, most being from roads

Housing shortage

Home ownership increasingly out-of-reach for young people

Slough’s population has grown by 24% since 2001. 14,000 new dwellings are being planned in Windsor and Maidenhead. Heathrow expansion requires 70,800 new homes across London and SE

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The Windsor Link Railway’s model for procuring new rail infrastructure doesn’t just apply to Windsor.  It enables new links all over the country, extending to the north and the south, orbitally around London.

Phases

Our Local MPs say

“I welcome proposals from the Windsor Link Railway company… These have the advantage of being privately-led, reducing the burden on taxpayers as well as offering a new procurement model for infrastructure. This could potentially lead to billions of pounds of savings across the national network, offer more competition and break out of the cycle of ever-increasing passenger fares – making things easier for hard-working families.”

THERESA MAY • MP FOR MAIDENHEAD

“I want better rail services for the residents of Windsor, Ascot and Bracknell. It’s therefore encouraging to see the Windsor Link Railway making progress. From my experience in business, I know that efficiency – and thus economic growth – comes from getting the small things right, so it is good to see a private company doing its bit.”

ADAM AFRIYIE • MP FOR WINDSOR

“Better rail services are important for the people of Surrey Heath. This is why I am encouraged to see proposals such as the Windsor Link Railway, which would make it easier to connect Farnborough, Camberley and Bagshot direct to Heathrow as well as to the Thames Valley.”

MICHAEL GOVE • MP FOR SURREY HEATH

“We desperately need better infrastructure that serves the public good. That’s why the kind of investment that built our great railway network should be encouraged. Such investment would be profit-making with commercial risks borne by entrepreneurs, not taxpayers. The Windsor Link proposal must not be neglected.”

STEVE BAKER • MP FOR WYCOMBE

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