4 APRIL 2016
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Heathrow (LHR) last week welcomed a Network Rail finding that there was a ‘strong case’ for a new southern rail access link to the airport, regardless of whether LHR expands and there were ‘feasible solutions’ to explore further.
Chris Joyce, head of surface access at Heathrow said: “A new rail link connecting Heathrow to south London and Surrey is a huge opportunity to connect an additional 4.8m passengers to the airport, and allow us to treble our rail capacity by 2040.
“This is great news for passengers, who will have even more public transport options to and from the airport, and for Heathrow’s neighbours, as it will minimise road traffic in the area.
“Southern rail access in addition to Crossrail, the Western Rail Link, HS2 via Old Oak Common and an upgraded Piccadilly Line service will place Heathrow at the heart of an integrated rail system, and build on the airport’s strength as the UK’s best-connected transport hub.”
Heathrow’s strategy is focused on passengers and airport staff using sustainable transport such as rail, bus, coach and cycles. The airport says these efforts have contributed to keeping airport-related road traffic broadly static levels over the past 25 years, despite passenger numbers increasing by almost 80%. www.heathrow.com
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