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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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Geographical Map

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.

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