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TfL calls for greater committment 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 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 [...]

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) [...]

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. [...]