Heathrow Southern Rail welcomes Express deal

Heathrow Southern Railway has welcomed the agreement between Heathrow Airport Limited, First Group and the Department for Transport (DfT) for continued operation of the Heathrow Express.

Heathrow Southern Railway (HSRL) is the independent private sector venture set up to deliver a new southern rail link to Britain’s busiest airport. As part of the arrangements, the DfT will progress the development of the proposed new western and southern rail links to Heathrow. These new links would make it quicker and easier for people from the across the south and west of England, and south Wales, to get to the airport.

HSRL Executive Director Graham Cross said: “The team at Heathrow Express have done a fantastic job in growing the proportion of passengers accessing the Airport by rail. Incorporating the service as a dedicated brand operated by the Great Western franchise is a timely next step. HSRL’s proposal for a new, privately-financed rail line into Heathrow from the south envisages the fast London Paddington to Heathrow trains being extended to serve Woking, Guildford and Basingstoke with a call at Old Oak Common for interchange with the Elizabeth Line and HS2. We look forward to working with the operators of the Great Western and South Western franchises as well as the Department for Transport and Heathrow Airport Ltd to make these plans a reality.”

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