The New Civil Engineer reports today that Alex Williams, City Planning Director for Transport for London, has called for firm commitments to providing additional infrastructure for linking Heathrow, saying “What we want is firm commitments that Western Rail access happens, and Southern Rail access happens, and it happens in a way that genuinely increases capacity. “Our concern is that neither are firmly committed.” New Civil Engineer also reports: [The] Windsor Link Railway would be expected to link the Great Western and South Western franchise [...]
The Windsor Link Railway has been featured in Modern Railways magazine. This would make rail a more attractive option for visiting Windsor from the capital. At present, the town is in danger of being strangled by the traffic problems presented by the seven million visitors that come each year to see the castle and other attractions. Tourist coaches, in particular, are a nuisance: they line up in serried ranks in a coach park alongside the Great Western viaduct. On my visit, one of the [...]
The Windsor Link Railway has been selected by Heathrow as one of its potential ‘innovation partners’. New Civil Engineer writes: The four ideas submitted by WLR include an ambitious plan to purchase the proposed southern rail line from Network Rail to incorporate pods and autonomous vehicles on it. Proposals for an enhanced park and ride in either Windsor or Slough, a dedicated check in facility for the airport in Windsor and the reopening of a freight line to Staines have also been tabled by [...]
The Mail on Sunday has featured the Windsor Link Railway, following Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s call for private sector ideas to ‘relieve the burden on taxpayers and farepayers’. Read the online article here.
UK politics website, Reaction, features WLR. Britain’s rail buccaneers are back, and hopefully soon in business. Ambitious plans for the first privately-funded railway line to be built in Britain since the First World War will tonight (Tuesday) be submitted to the government for approval. It’s taken seven years of blood, sweat and tears but engineer, George Bathurst, has finally won his battle to put forward his proposals for a new £1bn project – the Windsor Rail Link – to the Transport department. The proposed [...]
The Windsor Link Railway has been featured in New Civil Engineer magazine. WLR is responding to the government's call for Market-Led Proposals and submitting a bid by the deadline of 31 July 2018. This will cut the cost of links to Heathrow by half and be self-funded, reducing ticket prices as well as making non-Heathrow journeys easier. Article PDF
New Civil Engineer magazine reports (£) on WLR's two-for-the-price-of-one proposal, combining works from west and south of the airport. Windsor Link Railway (WLR) has put forward a proposal to roll the WRLtH and SRLtH schemes into one, dramatically reducing the cost of the works estimated at £2.3bn by Network Rail. WLR managing director George Bathurst told New Civil Engineer how its proposal to link up sections of existing track could cut the combined price tag of both projects in half. “We’ll be bidding to [...]