An official report published by the Thames Valley Local Economic Partnership (LEP) has supported WLR's view that the needs of not just Windsor but also Slough are best served by the proposed linking of the two lines and new station. The report finds that all the alternatives to WLR for improving links between Windsor and Slough are all 'poor value for money'. The only exception to this is a replacement bus service which is undeliverable for other reasons. Assessment of the Windsor Link Railway [...]
Speaking at the National Infrastructure Forum, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, said: And as we address the future and the consequences of our vote to leave the European Union (EU), one thing is certain. Investment in the long term infrastructure we need, has become more important, not less. Passenger demand is increasing; we are making twice as many journeys as we did in 1970. And so is the demand for economic growth. In answer to a question regarding the Windsor Link [...]
Nicola Shaw, tasked with the government of a review of Network Rail, has released her conclusions today. She has ruled out a full privatisation of Network Rail but says: Further options for involving private sector finance... should be explored to release government capital, encourage innovation, and speed up delivery of improvements for passengers. This is consistent with Network Rail Chief Executive Mark Carne's comments some months ago where he said: What I am in favour of is increased devolution to regional businesses. The first [...]
The House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into Surface Transport to Airports has ordered evidence submitted by WLR to be published. WLR's evidence agrees with British Airways, that the currently proposed links are too expensive and counter-productive, likely leading to worse traffic congestion if the airport grows. The Windsor Link Railway offers a solution to this problem, which saves the taxpayers almost a billion pounds. It adds direct connections to Heathrow and Crossrail from Windsor and Ascot (and improves links to Slough and Maidenhead) [...]
The main principles of WLR have been supported in the emerging Windsor 2030 neighbourhood plan. This is a 'pre-consultation' prior to the draft policy consultation. The above video is a quick summary. For more information visit the Windsor 2030 news section. Agree or disagree, you can comment on their website, criticise or suggest alternatives. Please make your comments non-anonymous for them to count as official feedback. You can also comment below.
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has just announced a cabinet paper for a Windsor strategic plan. This will include the Windsor Link Railway. The council's forward plan says: If the recommendation to produce a Strategic Planning Document is accepted there will be widespread consultation with residents, businesses and stakeholders. The Windsor Link Railway is very pleased to see this. Last year, we had success in the Borough Local Plan to get the rail link supported in principle and, for the first time, [...]