The Government’s National Infrastructure Plan includes a study into whether a new Southern Railways link to Heathrow would bring an economic boost.
The Airports Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, made a number of recommendations which were included in the plan, and Southern Rail access to Heathrow was one of these. This could, for the first time, provide a rail link between Heathrow and Gatwick.
A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We welcome the Airports Commission’s recommendation that the Government should look into a southern rail link to Heathrow, as well as confirmation of the commitment to connect Heathrow with the Great Western Line.
“A direct connection from the south has the potential to improve public transport journey times for millions of people living in places like Surrey, Hampshire and South London, reinforcing the fact that Heathrow is already in the best place for the UK’s only hub airport. We look forward to working with the Government and Network Rail on this exciting project.”