Heathrow Hub, the proposal from Arup to link Heathrow directly to the HS2 network, is still being advanced.
The alternative plans would take the line underground through Ealing and link directly with the airport at a major transport interchange on land owned by Arup there. It would then go directly on to Birmingham and the North.
It chimes with thinking that the full benefits of high speed rail will not be felt unless the UK’s main airport is directly linked, rather than connected by a spur. In particular, inbound longhaul passengers switching to shorthaul and domestic routes will be much more likely to use a rail alternative if the connection is direct.
According to the Ealing Gazette, the plan, led by Arup’s Mark Bostock, has the support of several campaign groups.
Meanwhile, it is expected that the government will publish its preferred route for the planned Heathrow spur from its chosen HS2 route in the autumn.