16 JULY 2018
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Plans for a new rail service linking Woking, Guildford and Basingstoke with Heathrow and onward to Old Oak Common for HS2 and London Paddington for the Elizabeth Line have taken another step forward.
Heathrow Southern Railway Limited (HSRL), an independent venture which says it can transform the rail network serving Britain’s busiest airport, has submitted a market sounding questionnaire, a crucial part of the planning process, to the Department for Transport (DfT).
HSRL says it intends to create “fast, easy and relaxing” rail access to Heathrow by building eight miles of rail infrastructure from the west end of the existing Terminal 5 station.
Chief executive Graham Cross said: “HSRL’s scheme will provide the DfT and the public with high-quality rail capacity to and from Heathrow while being privately financed and avoiding any need for government subsidy.
“Rail development experts in our team, including those provided by our investor Aecom, have spent two years refining HSRL’s proposed route. We know how to allow trains to operate over our railway without needing new paths into congested London termini.
“This is a mature proposal for bringing urgently needed surface access relief to the congested two-runway Heathrow and is essential for the planned expansion of the airport.”
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