High-speed Heathrow rail connection mooted
Thu, 24 Jul, 2008
A proposal to build a high-speed rail link between the Channel Tunnel and London Heathrow Airport has been put before the government.
The £4.5 billion plan was unveiled by engineering company Arup, which said the existing line from the Channel Tunnel to St Pancras could be extended to Heathrow by 2019.
If given the go-ahead, it would link the airport with regional rail services on the Great Western Main Line and provide a direct rail connection to mainland Europe.
The Conservatives have come out in support of the plan, saying it would help reduce congestion and pollution around Heathrow.
Meanwhile, a £16 billion railway link joining Canary Wharf with Heathrow has been approved by the House of Lords.
Transport secretary Ruth Kelly said the new east London infrastructure would mean "major improvements" for the travelling public.