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8 JUNE 2020
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Baroness Jo Valentine, Chair of Heathrow Southern Railway Ltd (HSR), has confirmed that in spite of consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic the alternative rail scheme to Heathrow is pushing ahead. It is privately funded.
“Neither the slump in airport passenger numbers since the worldwide lockdown nor doubts about the proposed expansion of Heathrow undermines the case for our new railway. We’ve always been clear that HSR is needed with a two-runway Heathrow to reduce the airport’s overwhelming dependence on car travel, both for passengers and employees. Even if passenger numbers take some years to recover from the pandemic, we need HSR to be open by 2027/28 in order to draw substantial numbers of road users onto trains.”
Linking through the spare capacity existing underneath T5 a new track would join the Southern network at Staines, and the Elizabeth Line via Old Oak Common. Trains would operate every 30min from Basingstoke, Farnborough, and Guildford, and every 15min from Woking. Heathrow – Staines – Clapham Junction – Waterloo services would be fully integrated with the South Western network via Staines-upon-Thames, creating four direct trains per hour between Waterloo and Heathrow.
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Clive Good, London
The idea of rail access from the south to T5 has been around since the design of that terminal began last century. The extra platforms have been built. If it is self -funding why not just get on with it, subject to technical planning. Also, what is happening with the proposed direct train service from Reading?