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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 [...]

New Civil Engineer reports on WLR’s ‘two-for-one’ solution for Heathrow

2018-05-15T14:11:46+00:00May 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Telegraph reports on Windsor link to Heathrow

2018-05-15T10:37:02+00:00May 14th, 2018|Tags: , , |

The Daily Telegraph reports today: Five bidders are in the running to build the first railway line under new government proposals aiming to fund new tracks entirely with private cash… Bidders were invited to submit proposals in March as part of plans by ministers to inject extra cash into the railways. Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, has been vocal about his desire for rail access to Heathrow from the south, as improved transport links bolster the argument in favour of the third runway expansion [...]

Government invites £2.3 billion proposals for rail links to Heathrow

2018-05-08T13:48:03+00:00May 8th, 2018|Tags: , |

Following on from the Market Led Proposal Guidance announced last month, the government has today invited proposals for southern and western rail access to Heathrow. It has estimated the cost of separate western the southern links at up to £0.9 billion and £1.4 billion respectively, making a total of £2.3 billion for the construction only (excluding operation, planning and financing costs). Funding for the construction of both schemes is yet to be committed. The proposed western scheme has funding for the 'Develop' stage and [...]

WLR evidence to Select Committee published

2017-07-10T18:28:31+00:00November 25th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

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) [...]

WLR and WRAtH in the Windsor Observer

2014-02-25T10:41:50+00:00February 25th, 2014|Tags: , |

The Windsor Observer has reported on the Windsor Link Railway and the options for a westerly link to Heathrow. They reported, "Last week, Secretary of State for transport Patrick McLoughlin agreed to look into speeding up the delivery of WRatH at the request of Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart". WLR is grateful that he has not agreed to short-cut the due process. The rail industry is tasked not only with delivering specific outcomes but also with improving its efficiency and value-for-money, which in turn reduces [...]

Is Slough’s tunnel to Heathrow off the rails?

2014-02-02T13:30:24+00:00February 2nd, 2014|Tags: , , |

In February 2013, the Thames Valley Local Economic Partnership announced, "Full steam ahead for the £500m western rail link to Heathrow." In October 2013, they trumpeted, "Final route for western rail access to Heathrow [WRAtH] to be announced by Christmas. Full steam ahead for the planned western rail access to Heathrow project with a major decision due by the end of the year [2013]." It's now February 2014 and there is still no sign of the preferred WRAtH option, at full steam or otherwise. [...]