Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH) is a simple, low-cost, technically and financially deliverable scheme that offers economic benefits in jobs and Gross Value Added to South Wales, the West Midlands, the South West and the Thames Valley.
Transport and connectivity are essential to economic development, yet Heathrow is unique among international hub airports in having no rail access to its own hinterland, with connections only to London.
WRLtH will deliver direct rail services to Heathrow from Reading via Maidenhead and Slough, with journey times reduced by up to 45 minutes. By interchanging at Reading, western access will bring 20% of the population of the UK within one interchange of Heathrow Airport and will deliver reduced journey times from as far away as Cardiff, Exeter, Bristol, Bournemouth and Shrewsbury, providing a fast and reliable service for rail users.
It makes absolute sense. The M4 Corridor, all points west, and the Thames Valley economic region in particular, need to be plugged directly into Britain’s busiest airport.