About the Project
Improving access to Heathrow Airport by train is an important environmental objective. Far too many passengers arrive at or depart from the terminals by car, contributing to congestion and notoriously poor air quality in the area
With the proposed third runway at Heathrow having secured support in a parliamentary vote, there is a growing expectation of a substantial increase in flights and passenger numbers. This will make improving the proportion of surface access journeys made by train an even more urgent priority. The Government has made Heathrow expansion conditional upon an increase in the proportion of passengers using public transport to reach the airport from 39% today to 50% by 2030 and 55% by 2040, whilst Heathrow Airport Ltd have committed to ensure landside airport related road traffic is no greater than today. Although rail connections from the Airport
to central London are good – with Heathrow Express, the Piccadilly Line and, from 2019, the Elizabeth Line – rail services from the south are non-existent.
We aim to change all that. Our scheme would serve the following major markets:
- Fast, direct and frequent rail access to Heathrow from the important airport catchment areas of Surrey and Hampshire, currently not served by rail.
- Operation of a frequent service from Heathrow to Waterloo, with direct trains serving Staines-upon-Thames, Richmond, Hounslow and Putney, giving major connectional opportunities to south London, Sussex and Kent through Clapham Junction and Waterloo East.
- Direct trains to Paddington from Surrey and Hampshire via Heathrow, creating an alternative London terminal to Waterloo and with the Elizabeth Line providing excellent connections to the West End, the City and Docklands.
- Direct trains from Surrey and Hampshire to Old Oak Common, providing a ‘one stop’ connection to High Speed 2 and access
to the proposed major development site, supporting plans to create 23,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs.
- Continuation of a fast Heathrow – Paddington service offering similar journey times to the current Heathrow Express.
- Heathrow Southern Railway also provides crowding relief to the South Western main line and the London Underground network at Waterloo for onward journeys.
“Heathrow Southern Railway is an important project that would help to deal with the long term problem of rail inaccessibility to the Airport from Surrey and South West London. There are huge potential economic and environmental benefits from this scheme across the region but especially for Woking which will gain from transformed connectivity to Heathrow, Old Oak Common and Paddington.”
Jonathan Lord MP (Woking)