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Is rail spending balanced between north and south?

2019-08-21T16:40:01+00:00August 19th, 2019|Tags: |

The Infrastructure Projects Authority doesn't think so. Perhaps this is why there’s a Windsor Link in Manchester but as yet no Windsor Link in Windsor. The Windsor Link in Manchester is a relatively cheap missing link in the network that gives rail users new journey opportunities, reduced journey times and improved reliability. Like the nearby Ordsall Chord (pictured), it fixes historical anomalies and it’s been a great success. As HS2's future is cast into doubt, it’s time, however, to ask about the long-term costs [...]

Windsor featured in New Civil Engineer

2019-07-31T08:37:15+00:00July 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

The New Civil Engineer covers the Windsor Link Railway today. The Windsor Link also has the best case of any rail scheme for Heathrow for reducing emissions, running parallel with the most congested section of the M25, serving our health and our planet better too NCE also reports on the government's new 'net zero' carbon emissions target by 2050 (which has already become law). This requires all schemes currently in progress, including the proposed western and southern rail links to the airport, to adapt [...]

New Windsor Link video

2019-03-19T10:33:41+00:00March 19th, 2019|Tags: |

Click to see our new video giving an overview of WLR phases 1 and 2, Phase 1 connects the M4 and M3 corridors enabling much faster orbital journeys around the west of London, as well as faster journeys to Waterloo and Paddington, with more choice. It also creates an opportunity to improve the Windsor riverside better than could be achieved with individual land owners, such as the council, operating alone. Phase 2 connects Heathrow to the west and the south, saving £3 billion compared [...]

TfL calls for greater commitment to Heathrow links

2018-10-24T08:33:11+00:00October 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

WLR in Modern Railways

2018-09-28T07:13:28+00:00September 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

New Civil Engineer: WLR selected for Heathrow park-n-ride

2018-09-24T07:00:20+00:00September 24th, 2018|Tags: , , |

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 [...]