West London Responds Positively to AirTrack Proposals

Airtrack_map The West London Partnership Strategic Transport Group has responded positively to a consultation on the proposal for Airtrack …

Airtrack is a proposal to create a new direct rail link connecting Heathrow to the South West Trains rail network to the south and west of London. It would provided a link between Heathrow Terminal 5 and the existing to the south and west including Reading, Guildford and London Waterloo.

BAA commenced the initial public consultation earlier this year. A series of public exhibitions to launch the consultation were held at Spelthorne Leisure Centre, Staines Library and Stanwell Moor Village Hall in February 2008.

WLP says AirTrack would address the public transport needs of air passengers, as well as improving public transport access to Heathrow, important in its role as a transport and employment hub. It would also assist in tackling the congestion in this busy area of West London.

Studies completed in 2004 and 2005 confirmed the practical and economic viability of the proposal, says WLP. In 2006, BAA announced that it would provide funding to promote a Transport and Works Act order for the scheme. This would give powers to construct and operate the railway, and acquire the necessary land and associated planning consents.

Further reading:

The WLP response to the consultation, the Airtrack forum website, and the BAA Airtrack site.

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