Second scheme at Windsor
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.