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Heathrow rail link

A new direct rail link from the West to Heathrow will improve journeys to Britain’s busiest airport and help increase economic productivity in the Thames Valley

As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan we are developing plans to build a new rail tunnel to link the Great Western Mainline to London Heathrow Terminal 5. The proposed rail connection will speed up journeys to Britain’s busiest international airport, by allowing passengers to travel to the airport from Reading, Twyford, Maidenhead and Slough without going into London Paddington.

Benefits for passengers

  • Reduce rail journey times between Reading and Heathrow (by approximately 35 minutes)
  • Direct trains between Reading, Slough and Heathrow (approximate journey time from Reading will be 26 minutes)
  • Improved access to Heathrow from the South Coast, South West, South Wales and West Midlands
  • More travel options for leisure and business travellers as well as Heathrow employees to London Heathrow
  • Reduced congestion at London Paddington

Wider benefits

  • Over £800m of economic activity in Britain, including additional economic benefits for the region
  • Create potential for 42,000 new jobs
  • Make CO2 savings equating to approximately 30 million road miles a year
  • Give 20 per cent of the UK population access to Heathrow via one interchange
  • Help to provide much needed congestion relief for the M4, M25 and M3 (55 per cent of journeys on the proposed service will be abstracted from the road)

Public consultation update

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide us with feedback throughout this formal stage of consultation for the proposed rail link to Heathrow. The consultation for this phase has now closed.

The consultation feedback summary is now available and can be viewed below.

Western rail link to Heathrow consultation newsletter update 2016 (PDF)

The project is reviewing the feedback received in line with the detailed design of the preferred route option. The team will then be consulting again in early 2017, as part of the statutory process, to provide local communities and stakeholders with updated information informed by the consultation earlier this year.

If you would like to review the information and documents that were available during consultation, you can still access these on the consultation hub.

In the meantime, if you have any further comments or questions about the plans, you can send us an email at: westernraillinktoheathrow@networkrail.co.uk

For further information you can also call Network Rail’s National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or follow us on twitter: @NetworkRailWest

western rail link to heathrow timeline