Reading to Heathrow train line delayed by…

Reading to Heathrow train line delayed by two years – at least
2020-09-27 10:51:00
The Great Western rail link between Reading to Heathrow will be delayed by up to two years. A DCO application to construct the new line was expected this year but has now been delayed until winter 2021/2022 – at the earliest.  A spokesman for Network Rail said the Reading to Heathrow line has been delayed due to the court of appeal’s ruling against plans to expand Heathrow and the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation industry. The Supreme Court will hear Heathrow’s appeal against the Appeal Court decision, on 7th and 8th October. If Heathrow was to win the case (a massive IF) then the rail link – to speed passengers getting to the airport – a new tunnel would be created connecting Reading to Heathrow in around 20-30 minutes, with passengers from Reading currently having to use the 50-minute Rail Air bus or go into London to get to the airport.  Reading Station and Heathrow Airport both already have terminus platforms built for the line in anticipation of the scheme. The Department for Transport (DfT) is looking to fund the project with help from Heathrow Airport on the basis of expansion, apparently. (Though Heathrow is struggling financially to survive now …) .Tweet   Reading to Heathrow train line delayed by up to two years By Tevye Markson @TevyeMarksonLDRLocal Democracy Reporter (Reading Chronicle) 26.9.2020 A railway line linking Reading to Heathrow will be delayed by up to two years. The Great Western rail link will hook up Reading to Heathrow via Langley Train Station for people to travel directly to the airport. An application to construct the new line was expected to be made this year but has now been delayed until winter 2021/2022. A s

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