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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.

Phases

Our Local MPs say

“Recently the Secretary of State for Transport announced a new way for rail improvements to be brought forward with help and investment from the private sector, called Market-Led Proposals. These could lead to the quicker delivery of upgrades, billions of pounds of savings across the national network and better competition, breaking out of the cycle of ever-increasing passenger fares.
“As the MP for Maidenhead I am interested that a locally based company, the Windsor Link Railway, is seeking to bring these benefits here and add to the public transport links in the area and the choice for passengers.”

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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Local Companies

More successful local businesses mean more jobs and more vibrant town centres. These are some of the local companies that have supported phase 1 of WLR.

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