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Statement from Hounslow Council on DfT Report on Southern Rail Access to Heathrow

In response to the publication of the DfT's report on their research into southern rail access to Heathrow.

Published: Thursday, 20th December 2018

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In response to the publication of the DfT's report on their research into southern rail access to Heathrow. Hounslow Council would like to make the following statement:

The council welcomes the publishing of research into the potential for private sector investment into delivering a new rail link between Feltham and Heathrow.  The report confirms that there is a huge appetite for this infrastructure amongst stakeholders but that the Department for Transport now needs to do more to develop the concept, and in particular to confirm the optimum and service specification route, before the private sector is likely to get further involved. The council remains committed to promoting our proposal for a link from Feltham to Terminal 5, via Bedfont, inclusive of a station in the vicinity of Clockhouse Roundabout. 

This delivers a cost effective solution for providing this connectivity, removing trips off the highway and therefore reducing pollution and congestion.  By providing a new station in Bedfont the route could also transform public transport provision in this part of the borough as well as help facilitate the council’s vision for up to 11,000 new homes and 14,000 new jobs in the Heathrow Opportunity Area, as designated in the London Plan.

Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran said:

“It is helpful to have some clarity on the private sector appetite to deliver this link, however the ball is clearly now firmly back in the Department’s court to better define the scheme.  We call on the department to commence a proper optioneering exercise early in 2019 to keep this project moving. 

"The council and all neighbouring authorities agree that this link is a necessity to mitigate the impact of a two runway airport, let alone an expanded Heathrow.  Our fear is that if government does not get moving on defining this scheme quickly there is a chance that a third runway could be up and running before this new rail link is built, which would bring unacceptable impacts on the transport network and for borough residents."

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