New Western Rail Access to Heathrow consultation launched
UPDATE (5th Apr): Network Rail’s consultation is now closed. Click here to see how your journey time to Heathrow is set to improve.
A new public consultation on plans to link the Great Western Mainline directly to Heathrow Terminal 5 is being launched by Network Rail.
Currently, there is no direct rail link from the West to Heathrow and in summer 2012 the government asked the rail industry to develop proposals for a new link to connect the Great Western Main Line to the UK’s hub airport.
Network Rail’s proposal for a new rail tunnel linking the Great Western Main Line at Langley to Heathrow Terminal 5 will speed up journeys to Europe’s busiest airport, by allowing passengers to travel directly to the airport from Reading, Slough and further West while reducing congestion at London Paddington.
The plans also look set to create up to 42,000 new jobs and over £800 million of UK and regional economic benefit*.
Should the scheme go ahead, it will significantly reduce journey times to key locations in the Thames Valley and beyond into the South West and South Wales, giving 20 per cent of the UK population access to Heathrow via one interchange.
Western Rail Access to Heathrow will generate an additional two million rail journeys a year and take close to one million car journeys off the road each year, make CO2 savings equating to approximately 30 million road miles a year**.
- Economic Impact Study: Reading Waterloo Line and Southwest Rail Access to Heathrow (JMP Consultants Ltd, 2014)*
- Economic Value Study (Atkins, 2011)**
UPDATE: Network Rail has today released a feasibility study on Southern Rail Access to the airport. To find out more, click here.