A new rail link from Heathrow to Surrey and Hampshire

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For those who travel frequently to London for business one of the airports they are almost sure to use on every trip is Heathrow Airport. The Airport is one of the busiest of the city’s airports and handles millions of passengers every year with most getting off at London, with millions others using the airport as a connecting link for trips further on.

With so many passengers arriving in the city there are a number of top quality hotels in the area. The benefit of choosing to stay at a hotel near Heathrow Airport is that it offers easy access to Central London.

King Cross Tube StationWhen you stay at a hotel like the Park Grand London Heathrow that is popular with business travellers to London you have good connectivity to most parts of the city. The good news for those who need to travel to Surrey or Hampshire from Heathrow Airport (not directly possible at the moment) is that there are plans to connect the airport to these areas directly. Southern Rail Access has proposed to connect Heathrow directly with Waterloo, after a detailed study revealed that it makes economic sense to undertake such a project. As per the plans which were first proposed years ago there would be a direct train link from Heathrow to Waterloo, which would facilitate passengers to travel from stations like Guildford, Woking and Basingstoke.

As per the study undertaken it will cost the taxpayers subject to the route that is decided. While Network Rail says that further appraisals need to be done the present option offer good value for the money invested. And the management at Heathrow Airport is delighted with the news as Chris Joyce, its Head of surface access stated, ‘A new rail link connecting Heathrow to south London and Surrey is a huge opportunity to connect an additional 4.8 million passengers to Heathrow, and allow us to treble our rail capacity by 2040”. That will offer passengers more options in terms of public transport and it will also help to ease the high levels of traffic congestion in and around the Heathrow area, during peak hours.

The new link will go a long way in making Heathrow the hub of an integrated rail network and capitalise on the airport’s existing features to make it the country’s most well connected transport centre.  As per Network Rail study the most economically valuable and viable option is to create a semi-fast Heathrow-Waterloo service, via Hounslow and Richmond as two options for stoppages.  And also under consideration is a new underground rail link from Feltham to the airport’s Terminals 2 & 3, which would take just 4 to 5 minutes. The study which started in February this year with regards to a suggested Western Rail Link to Heathrow, found that it would help to decrease travel time considerably, from Heathrow to Reading to approximately just 26 minutes.

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