Sec­ond scheme at Wind­sor

Rail (UK) - - Network -

A com­pet­ing scheme has been pro­posed by Wind­sor Link Rail­way, with Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Ge­orge Bathurst sub­mit­ting a fea­si­bil­ity case to Net­work Rail which he claims “puts us far ahead of any other scheme in terms of ma­tu­rity”.

Bathurst says this would be the first pri­vately funded rail­way in liv­ing mem­ory, and would be prof­itable with­out Gov­ern­ment sub­sidy.

Phase 1 would link Slough to Water­loo with a new route around Wind­sor of­fer­ing four trains per hour. The £370 mil­lion scheme would en­able four mil­lion new rail jour­neys a year, with a claimed shift from road to rail. There would be a tun­nel from the edge of Wind­sor, with an ex­ist­ing viaduct de­mol­ished, and a new sta­tion close to the town cen­tre. A Park & Ride along­side the M4 mo­tor­way is pro­posed.

The scheme would be linked to de­vel­op­ment of 1,000 new homes and im­prove tourist ac­cess to Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Phase 2 would ex­tend into Heathrow Air­port, of­fer­ing ben­e­fits sim­i­lar to Heathrow South­ern Rail­way. It claims this would be half the cost of sep­a­rate Heathrow links from the west and south.

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