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Government announces new policy for Heathrow connections

2019-11-09T07:50:02+00:00November 8th, 2019|Tags: , |

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]