Windsor backs Link Railway in Neighbourhood Plan

The steering group of the Central Windsor Neighbourhood Plan has given its backing to a link railway between Windsor, Slough and Heathrow.

Windsor Link Railway vision

Windsor Link Railway vision

Following a presentation by Richard Wickerson of Windsor Link Railway Ltd, the decision was taken to incorporate the principles of a Windsor link railway in its transport plans.

The Central Windsor Neighbourhood Plan is one of two additional plans currently being prepared in Windsor & Maidenhead, with permission given to begin work in June this year.  The borough now has ten Neighbourhood Plans in preparation with active community involvement.

At its meeting on 16th October, the steering committee agreed to support a Windsor link railway in principle and request that borough council reserves the land in its emerging Local Plan while development is considered.

The Windsor Link Railway was founded by Windsor businessman and councillor George Bathurst in 2009.  Phase 1 of its proposed railway would provide two trains per hour in each direction from Waterloo to Slough direct via Windsor, and possibly a train every 15 minutes from Slough to Staines.

Phase 2 would link the Great Western line with Heathrow, with 4 trains an hour running from Reading to Heathrow Terminal 5, stopping at least at Twyford, Maidenhead, Slough Trading Estate, Slough, Chalvey and Windsor.

The Windsor Link Railway competes with various initiatives including the Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRaTH) project led by Slough chief executive Ruth Bagley.  WRaTH will announce its preferred route by Christmas.

The Windsor Link Railway has launched a petition on the Windsor & Maidenhead council website to demand the royal borough does more to support the scheme.  The petition closes on December 11.

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