Airtrack proposals at consultation

airtrack mapThe proposals to improve rail links between Heathrow and the rest of the South East are at consultation stage, but have not met with universal approval.

LB Hounslow is uncomfortable about the proposed new depot at Feltham.

The Heathrow Airtrack scheme, using existing lines and some new sections of track, would see direct services provided vided to Heathrow from London Waterloo, Reading and Guildford and a new depot at Felthams Marshalling Yard site.

The plans include links from Guildford, Reading and Waterloo to Heathrow, a new rail link from Staines to Heathrow, a new elevated rail chord through Staines Town Centre and the new train depot at Feltham. All this will improve local and national rail links into the airport, and, it is hoped, take traffic off the roads.

But LB Hounslow councillors have raised concerns that people living next to the Feltham site will be adversely affected, that the increased train frequency will mean that the Bedfont Lane level crossing could be closed for up to 40 minutes each hour, and that the proposed depot site is designated as a site of metropolitan importance for nature conservation and green belt land.

The public consultation on the Airtrack proposals runs until Friday 18 September.

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