For passengers

  • Reduce rail journey times between Reading and Heathrow (by approximately 35 minutes)
  • Direct trains between Reading, Slough and Heathrow (approximate journey time from Reading will be 26 minutes)
  • Improved access to Heathrow from the South Coast, South West, South Wales and West Midlands
  • More travel options for leisure and business travellers as well as Heathrow employees to London Heathrow
  • Reduced congestion at London Paddington 


Wider benefits

  • Over £800 million of UK economic activity, including additional economic benefits for the region
  • Create potential for 42,000 new jobs
  • Make CO2 savings equating to approximately 30 million road miles a year
  • Give 20 per cent of the UK population access to Heathrow via one interchange
  • Help to provide much needed congestion relief for the M4, M25 and M3 (55% of journeys on the proposed service will be abstracted from the road)