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 UK Government supporting a third runway at Heathrow to facilitate a substantial increase in flights and passenger numbers, improving the proportion of surface access journeys by train has become an even more urgent priority. The Government has emphasised that an expanded Heathrow must meet a requirement for a 55% public transport mode share and ensure that the current level of road traffic to the airport doesn’t increase. Whilst 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 Richmond, Putney and Hounslow, and 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)