Have your say on improving rail links to Heathrow from the West: WRLTH LOGO-3

Friday 11 May 2018

Have your say on improving rail links to Heathrow from the West

Region & Route:
Western
Wales and Western
  • Local communities to help shape the final design of a potential new rail link from Reading and Slough to London Heathrow Airport
  • Final round of public consultation opens today (11 May)
  • Six week consultation includes details of the likely benefits of the new railway as well as how any construction and environmental impacts will be managed

 

Views are being sought from rail users, communities, businesses and other interested parties on a potential new rail link that would directly connect the Great Western Main Line to London Heathrow Airport from the West.

Building on the 1,000 responses received during two previous rounds of public engagement and consultation in 2015 and 2016, the final round of consultation will run for six weeks from today (11 May) until 22 June 2018.

The link would allow passengers throughout the West, and beyond, to travel directly to Heathrow Airport from Reading and Slough, without having to change at London Paddington. This would make journey times to Heathrow as short as 26 minutes from Reading and just 7 minutes from Slough. It would therefore help ease congestion on the roads, and bring economic growth and new jobs into the Thames Valley and surrounding areas.

The plans, which have been funded by the Department for Transport to enable a detailed proposal to be developed, are based on serving the needs of the airport’s existing two-runway capacity.          

Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail’s Western route explained: “We have been working hard to refine our proposals as a direct result of the feedback we received. The updated plans would have the least impact on the environment and would deliver the fastest journey times. We’re also conscious of the impact on local communities so we’ve worked hard to make sure our plans work with other developments, such as transport or industry projects, in the area. We would like to hear views on our updated proposals before applying for consent to build the new link.”

The proposed Western Rail Link to Heathrow would leave the Great Western Main Line between Langley and Iver via a short stretch of open railway before entering a new 5km tunnel. The tunnel would pass under Richings Park and Colnbrook and then join existing rail lines underground at Heathrow Terminal 5.

The majority of the proposed rail link is therefore underground. However, the new tunnel would require up to five access buildings above ground along the route, with two of these buildings also providing ventilation.  

Residents and interested parties are invited to provide feedback on the proposals to help finalise the designs. The detailed proposals have been published online at www.networkrail.co.uk/heathrow and in local venues (including specified Council offices and libraries).

There will then be 18 consultation events in and around the local area to enable local people to find out more, ask questions and express their views. It will be possible to respond to the consultation online, by email or in writing via a freepost feedback form.

Following the consultation, all responses will be analysed and Network Rail will publish finalised plans and hold public information events in late 2018/early 2019. A Development Consent Order application will subsequently be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in 2019. This will seek the required consent to build the new railway in line with the plans that have been developed, with a final decision by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Notes to Editors

Notes to editors                                            

Copies of the details of the proposals, environmental reports, plans, maps and other documents may be inspected free of charge from 11 May to 22 June 2018 at the following places and times:

Places

Opening Times

South Bucks District Council offices, Capswood, Oxford Road, Denham UB9 4LH

Monday – Thursday: 8.45am-5.15pm

Friday: 8.45am-4.45pm

Saturday and Sunday: closed

Iver Heath Community Library, St Margaret’s Close, Iver Heath, SL0 0DA

Tuesday: 9pm-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Thursday: 9.30am-1pm and 2pm-6pm

Saturday: 10am-1pm

Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday: closed

Iver Parish Council office, 63 Chequers Orchard, Iver, SL0 9NJ

Monday – Thursday: 9.30am-4pm

Friday: 9.30am-3.30pm

Saturday and Sunday: closed

Slough Borough Council offices, St Martin’s Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough SL1 3UF

Monday – Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday: closed

Library @ The Curve, William Street, Slough SL1 1XY

Monday and Friday: 8am-5pm

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: closed

Langley Library, Trelawny Avenue, Slough SL3 7UF

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9.30am-5pm

Tuesday and Friday: 9.30am-7pm

Saturday: 9.30am-4pm

Sunday: closed

The London Borough of Hillingdon offices, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1UW

Monday – Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

West Drayton Library, Station Road, West Drayton UB7 7JS

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am-6pm

Tuesday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-4pm

Sunday: closed

 

List of consultation events

 

Wednesday 16th May

1pm – 5pm

Langley Pavilion

Langley Road, Slough

SL3 8BS

Thursday 17th May

1pm – 5pm

Langley Pavilion

Langley Road, Slough

SL3 8BS

Friday 18th May

1pm – 5pm

Richings Park Sports Club

Wellesley Ave, Iver, Buckinghamshire SL0 9BN

Saturday 19th May

12pm – 4pm

Richings Park Sports Club

Wellesley Ave, Iver, Buckinghamshire SL0 9BN

Monday 21st May

1pm – 5pm

Iver Jubilee Pavilion

Iver Recreation Ground, Saxon Court

Iver, Buckinghamshire,

SL0 9PW

Tuesday 22nd May

4pm – 8pm

Iver Jubilee Pavilion

Iver Recreation Ground, Saxon Court

Iver, Buckinghamshire,

SL0 9PW

Wednesday 23rd May

1pm – 5pm

Iver Jubilee Pavilion

Iver Recreation Ground, Saxon Court

Iver, Buckinghamshire,

SL0 9PW

Thursday 24th May

12pm – 4pm

Iver Heath Village Hall

St Margaret’s Close,

Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire

SL0 0DA

Friday 25th May

4pm – 8pm

Iver Heath Village Hall

St Margaret’s Close,

Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire

SL0 0DA

Monday 4th June

12pm – 4pm

Richings Park Golf Club

North Park, Iver, Buckinghamshire

SL0 9DL

Tuesday 5th June

1pm – 5pm

Richings Park Golf Club

North Park, Iver, Buckinghamshire

SL0 9DL

Wednesday 6th June

4pm – 8pm

Richings Park Golf Club

North Park, Iver, Buckinghamshire

SL0 9DL

Thursday 7th June

1pm – 5pm

Holiday Inn Express T5

London Rd, Slough

SL3 8QB

Friday 8th June

4pm – 8pm

Holiday Inn Express T5

London Rd, Slough

SL3 8QB

Saturday 9th June

12pm – 4pm

Colnbrook Village Hall

Vicarage Way, Colnbrook, Berkshire

SL3 0RF

Monday 11th June

1pm – 5pm

Colnbrook Village Hall

Vicarage Way, Colnbrook, Berkshire

SL3 0RF

Wednesday 13th June

12pm – 4pm

St Mary’s Church

High Street,

Harmondsworth,

UB7 0AQ

Friday 15th June

4pm - 8pm

St Mary’s Church

High Street,

Harmondsworth,

UB7 0AQ

Contact information

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