About the Project
Improving access to Heathrow Airport by train is an important environmental objective. Far too many passengers have no alternative but to use car, contributing to congestion and illegally poor air quality in the area
The Government has made Heathrow expansion conditional upon an increase in the proportion of passengers using public transport to reach the airport from 38% 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. Currently Heathrow is not linked at all by train to Surrey, Hampshire or South and South West London.
We aim to change all that. Our scheme would serve the following major markets:
- Fast, frequent direct trains from Surrey and Hampshire to Heathrow
- Local trains to Heathrow from stations in the Boroughs of Spelthorne, Hounslow, Richmond, Wandsworth, and Lambeth including Waterloo and Clapham Junction for connections to south London, Sussex and Kent.
- Direct trains from Surrey and Hampshire to Paddington, creating for commuters an alternative London terminal to Waterloo, and via the Elizabeth Line excellent connections to the West End, the City and Docklands.
- Direct trains from Surrey and Hampshire to Old Oak Common, where there are plans for 23,500 new homes, 65,000 new jobs and a new HS2 station.
- Crowding relief to the South Western main line and the London Underground network at Waterloo.
“Southern Rail Access to Heathrow… should commence operations as soon as reasonably practicable after a new runway has opened”
Airports National Policy Statement 5.7, June 2018
“Schemes such as a Southern Rail Access are essential for a two- runway Heathrow, never mind a three-runway airport with an extra 50% capacity”
House of Commons Transport Committee, March 2018