The final round of public consultation for the proposed Western Rail Link to Heathrow is now open and runs until 22 June 2018.
Network Rail is seeking views from stakeholders, communities and businesses to help finalise its design before applying for consent next year to build the 6.5km scheme.
The railway would leave the Great Western Main Line between Langley and Iver before entering a 5km tunnel, merging with existing lines underground at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5.
The proposed rail connection would:
- Speed up journeys by allowing passengers to travel to Britain’s busiest airport from the South Coast, South West, South Wales and West Midlands without going into London Paddington.
- Reduce rail journey times between Reading and Heathrow by delivering a new, faster, frequent, more reliable direct train service to Heathrow with four trains per hour in each direction.
- Provide an alternative form of transport for passengers and airport staff who currently travel by road.
- Ease congestion on roads, including the M4, M3 and M25 resulting in lower CO2 emissions equivalent to approximately 30 million road miles per year.
- Generate economic growth and new jobs across the Thames Valley and surrounding areas.
- Reduce passenger congestion at London Paddington
Network Rail is holding 18 drop-in events along the proposed route where you can find out more about the scheme; full details are available at networkrail.co.uk/heathrow
You can also give your feedback online at networkrail.co.uk/heathrow or email your views to [email protected].