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The wrath of uppity

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Final plans for a £900 million railway between the Great Western main line and Heathrow Airport have been released, BBC News reported on 11 May.

[‘Heathrow rail link plan unveiled by Network Rail’, BBC]

The most-detailed proposals yet for the link, subject to planning permission, include a 3.1 mile (5km) tunnel from the main line between Langley and Iver railway stations to Heathrow Terminal 5.

The proposal would allow people living to the west of Heathrow to travel direct to the airport, instead of having to go into London.

The consultation will end on 22 June.

Network Rail said journeys from Slough could take “six or seven minutes” to get to the airport, with trains from Reading taking 26 minutes.

The idea for the rail link has been on [the] table since 2012, but plans have been adjusted following previous public consultations and its cost has risen from £500m in 2014.

How do these official estimates compare with those for the government’s high speed rail project?

Scheme Estimate
as of
2014 (£m)
as of
2018 (£m)
Increase (%)
 Heathrow, ‘Wrath’ 500 900 80
 HS2, ‘Core programme’ 50100 55700 11

Written by beleben

May 22, 2018 at 10:22 am

Posted in Railways

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  1. If only there had been another empty ciggy packet lying around when, thinking outside the box, we dreamt up HS2.

    We might have seen that the Heathrow west connection would have allowed millions direct access to Heathrow: from Birmingham to S Wales and West Country – all saving at least 30 min and a change in the process. Along with Crossrail, there would be access to west and south London for millions more. With the West Country being the most used intercity region, and as many going there as a destination, rather than home, it would have taken all that pressure off Paddington, Euston and Underground long before HS2 could become operational. And there would be empty seats on WCML. Passengers would have saved so much into the bargain and rail / underground revenues would have been lost …………!

    Wow! Lucky no ciggy packet! Lucky no one noticed!

    CLaud Adonut

    May 24, 2018 at 11:06 am

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