A new body called, Transport for the South East has launched a consultation on improving transport across the region. Their consultation event last Saturday at Gatwick included a wide range of consultees from bus network advocates to Friends of the Earth and Vision Zero (for zero deaths on the roads). Windsor Link's initial view is that the strategy is long on aspiration and short on specifics. It's a good start, however: for example, they propose putting an end to 'predict-and-provide' and building ever-more roads. [...]
Getting the announcement out just before the election period, the government has announced a new policy for connecting Heathrow Airport to the south. The Southern Rail Link to Heathrow (SRLtH) acronym is gone, replaced by a more general Southern Access to Heathrow (SAtH). The change seems to be that whereas the former presupposed the solution, a single, expensive, heavy rail link from Terminal 5 to the south via Staines, a 'silver bullet' in their words, the latter is more open. The government says: The [...]
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 [...]
The Windsor Link Railway has been featured in Rail Technology Magazine. See the details here.
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 [...]
The research was carried out by Copper Consultancy, on behalf of the Windsor Link, in November 2018. The sample size was 100, targeted on businesses in and around Windsor and commuters. Report
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 [...]
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 [...]