Heathrow line would be a boost

Heathrow line would be a boost

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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7:41pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Gingerboy says...

While I think this could be very welcome, I do question the detail provided.

I assume that the lack of any mention of direct trains means that we will need to change in Slough and/or Reading. Therefore, I'd question the claim that Heathrow T5 will be "just under one hour ride away", especially when you add on the time spent waiting for connections in Reading and/or Slough.

Also, why only state the journey time to terminal 5? Do we have to change at terminal 5 if we want to go to terminals 1-4 or will the new track stop at all terminals?

Presumably the 28 minutes journey between Reading and T5 has been highlighted as it's the shortest route but how much longer will it take to get to the other terminals?
While I think this could be very welcome, I do question the detail provided. I assume that the lack of any mention of direct trains means that we will need to change in Slough and/or Reading. Therefore, I'd question the claim that Heathrow T5 will be "just under one hour ride away", especially when you add on the time spent waiting for connections in Reading and/or Slough. Also, why only state the journey time to terminal 5? Do we have to change at terminal 5 if we want to go to terminals 1-4 or will the new track stop at all terminals? Presumably the 28 minutes journey between Reading and T5 has been highlighted as it's the shortest route but how much longer will it take to get to the other terminals? Gingerboy
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7:37am Sun 9 Feb 14

John~R says...

This proposal provides a new line between east of Slough and T5 which would join to the existing railway into Heathrow and create a loop. I presume some trains would then run between Paddington and Reading using this Heathrow loop. However, it seems an expensive way to provide a link into Heathrow from the west. A western chord for the existing Heathrow spur could be built for a fraction of the £500m cost for this proposal and be finished sooner.
This proposal provides a new line between east of Slough and T5 which would join to the existing railway into Heathrow and create a loop. I presume some trains would then run between Paddington and Reading using this Heathrow loop. However, it seems an expensive way to provide a link into Heathrow from the west. A western chord for the existing Heathrow spur could be built for a fraction of the £500m cost for this proposal and be finished sooner. John~R
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11:31am Sun 9 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

Works the other way too, makes it easier for others to get here from outside the uk too.
Works the other way too, makes it easier for others to get here from outside the uk too. house on the hill
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12:23am Mon 10 Feb 14

Dickdock says...

As it stands today it takes between 1 hour and 1hour 30 mins to get to Slough, with a change at Reading,
So no direct train to slough,
I don't see how this links up Swindon, as I would assume you will travel to reading and change, then travel to slough and change, then on to Heathrow,
To be honest I think I would rather go the route I do now, and that is straight to Paddington, change and use the Heathrow express, direct to Heathrow,
As it stands today it takes between 1 hour and 1hour 30 mins to get to Slough, with a change at Reading, So no direct train to slough, I don't see how this links up Swindon, as I would assume you will travel to reading and change, then travel to slough and change, then on to Heathrow, To be honest I think I would rather go the route I do now, and that is straight to Paddington, change and use the Heathrow express, direct to Heathrow, Dickdock
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8:22am Mon 10 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

So you make a positive comment about how people can come here more easily and it gets voted down. Typical of this stupid site.
So you make a positive comment about how people can come here more easily and it gets voted down. Typical of this stupid site. house on the hill
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2:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Al Smith says...

house on the hill wrote:
So you make a positive comment about how people can come here more easily and it gets voted down. Typical of this stupid site.
Swindon twinned with Royston Vasey!

"This is a local town, for local people, there's nothing for you here" ;-)
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: So you make a positive comment about how people can come here more easily and it gets voted down. Typical of this stupid site.[/p][/quote]Swindon twinned with Royston Vasey! "This is a local town, for local people, there's nothing for you here" ;-) Al Smith
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