Heathrow line would be a boost

First published in News

NETWORK Rail confirmed plans earlier this week to construct a direct line between Heathrow Airport and Slough station, linking up Swindon to the international airport.

It is believed the new track, costing around £500m will provide a huge boost to the local economy with Terminal 5 being just under a one hour ride away with the time between Reading and Heathrow being just 28 minutes.

It is hoped work will start on the scheme in 2016 and take about five years to complete.

Clair Prosser, a policy executive at the Swindon Chamber of Commerce, said: “Swindon Chamber of Commerce strongly supports this announcement and believes it will generate more than £220m in economic benefits to the Greater Thames Valley, the South West and Wales along with 40,000 new jobs.

“It will reduce congestion on busy routes throughout the Thames Valley, making the region more accessible for business.

“For Swindon businesses in particular, an hour journey to Heathrow will have a positive effect on the economy and attracting new investment into the town.”

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8:51am Sat 8 Feb 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

But will it be overcrowded, reasonably priced tickets and run on time.....?

Why do I think the answers are yes, no and no....!
But will it be overcrowded, reasonably priced tickets and run on time.....? Why do I think the answers are yes, no and no....! LordAshOfTheBrake
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8:59am Sat 8 Feb 14

Always Grumpy says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
But will it be overcrowded, reasonably priced tickets and run on time.....?

Why do I think the answers are yes, no and no....!
What an old cynic. Of course it will be no, yes and yes or not!
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: But will it be overcrowded, reasonably priced tickets and run on time.....? Why do I think the answers are yes, no and no....![/p][/quote]What an old cynic. Of course it will be no, yes and yes or not! Always Grumpy
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9:39am Sat 8 Feb 14

Hmmmf says...

Swindon Chamber of Commerce believes:
it will generate more than £220m in economic benefits to the Greater Thames Valley, the South West and Wales along with 40,000 new jobs.

£220m will spread a bit thin from Slough and points west through Wales. And 40,000 new jobs? Really? Where?
[quote][p][bold]Swindon Chamber of Commerce[/bold] believes: it will generate more than £220m in economic benefits to the Greater Thames Valley, the South West and Wales along with 40,000 new jobs.[/quote] £220m will spread a bit thin from Slough and points west through Wales. And 40,000 new jobs? Really? Where? Hmmmf
  • Score: 3

1:02pm Sat 8 Feb 14

John~R says...

Why select this expensive solution which is a separate connection between T5 and the main line near Slough rather than the much less expensive western chord for the existing junction for the Heathrow spur and could be built much more quickly.

Anyway, whichever they finally build, better late than never. Perhaps they have been waiting to find out if the Thames estuary airport proposals would move forward and then Heathrow gets closed.
Why select this expensive solution which is a separate connection between T5 and the main line near Slough rather than the much less expensive western chord for the existing junction for the Heathrow spur and could be built much more quickly. Anyway, whichever they finally build, better late than never. Perhaps they have been waiting to find out if the Thames estuary airport proposals would move forward and then Heathrow gets closed. John~R
  • Score: 4

2:51pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Blackmalkin says...

How are we going to cope with the tourists? Hordes of Americans and Japanese will be coming to see the Oasis dome, the Magic Roundabout, the Outlet Village and that steel urinal thing in the town centre. There won't be enough hotel beds and Swindon will be packed with open-top buses.
How are we going to cope with the tourists? Hordes of Americans and Japanese will be coming to see the Oasis dome, the Magic Roundabout, the Outlet Village and that steel urinal thing in the town centre. There won't be enough hotel beds and Swindon will be packed with open-top buses. Blackmalkin
  • Score: 2

3:43pm Sat 8 Feb 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
But will it be overcrowded, reasonably priced tickets and run on time.....?

Why do I think the answers are yes, no and no....!
What an old cynic. Of course it will be no, yes and yes or not!
Cynic maybe, or perhaps I'm just a realist based on the current poor state of the railways.

I guess we'll find out in about 8 years time.
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: But will it be overcrowded, reasonably priced tickets and run on time.....? Why do I think the answers are yes, no and no....![/p][/quote]What an old cynic. Of course it will be no, yes and yes or not![/p][/quote]Cynic maybe, or perhaps I'm just a realist based on the current poor state of the railways. I guess we'll find out in about 8 years time. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 3

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