Transforming access to Heathrow from the south

Heathrow Southern Railway is all about allowing fast, easy and relaxing access to Heathrow Airport through the construction of 8 miles of new infrastructure from the west end of the existing Terminal 5 station. HSR will enable trains to operate between Heathrow and Waterloo via Clapham Junction, Putney, Hounslow, Twickenham, Richmond, Staines and other intermediate stations.

Our new railway will also improve connectivity between Surrey and London for commuters, creating a new route to London from train service between Basingstoke/Guildford and to Paddington via Woking, Heathrow and Old Oak Common (for HS2 and the Elizabeth Line). Trains could set out on these journeys from as far away as the south coast.

Whether or not a third runway is built, many more passengers and airport workers need to be accessing Heathrow by train. The Government’s recent M25 South West Quadrant Study ruled out widening the motorway. HSR provides the alternative, switching traffic from the roads and contributing to improving local air quality. We estimate that HSR will reduce use of this section of the M25 by over three million car trips a year.

Appraised under the Department for Transport’s formula, HSR has an unparalleled business case if the airport is expanded, and still provides very high value for money with Heathrow’s current passenger numbers and two runways. HSR will be financed privately at no cost to taxpayers and could open by 2025.

Our construction plans minimise the impact on neighbouring communities by building a short tunnel from Terminal 5 and then a mainly surface route parallel with the M25 to the Windsor-Staines line. HSR will then continue alongside the M25 to the Virginia Water–Weybridge line north of Chertsey.  Unlike the previous “Airtrack” proposals, HSR avoids level crossings in the Egham area.

Through this website we introduce our project.  Further information will be posted as the plans for HSR are developed.  We welcome enquiries from residents, communities, elected representatives, media, businesses and other stakeholders.  Please go to our contact page if you would like to get in touch.