Western Rail Link To Heathrow


14 Nov Western Rail Link To Heathrow

Update by Mark Langman Western Route Managing Director, Network Rail:

Network Rail is working closely with High Speed 2 (HS2) to make its proposed plans compatible with the proposed relocation of the Heathrow Express depot to Langley as part of the HS2 enabling works. The scheme also needs to be compatible with the location and needs of a possible third runway at Heathrow Airport as well as the future growth needs of the Great Western Mainline and any Southern rail access proposals to Heathrow.

Network Rail anticipates that the clarification it requires regarding these key interfaces projects will be received by the end of 2017. Due to this and additional work to complete the design of the proposed project, final statutory public consultation is due to take place in late spring 2018.

They continue work to complete the design of the proposed project taking into account these critical factors as well as seeking ways throughout the design process to reduce the overall cost of the scheme.  As a result of these changes we now anticipate that we will be undertaking final statutory public consultation in late spring next year.

Once we have concluded the final public consultation, and taken into account the outputs of this consultation, we will then be in a position to apply to submit a Development Consent Order to deliver the project should the Department for Transport give us authority to proceed. This authority is subject to a satisfactory business case and the agreement of acceptable terms with the Heathrow aviation industry, as stated in the High Level Output Specification (July 2012).

There will be a further update in early 2018 with a clear outline of the timings for consultation, but in the meantime, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact my office through Toby Elliott, senior public affairs manager at toby.elliott@networkrail.co.uk.

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Contributor: Mark Harris

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