Government delays Heathrow Rail to consider other modes

The Government has confirmed a delay to plans for a southern rail route into Heathrow Airport.

A possible opening has slipped from 2026 to 2030, while the Government has also indicated that the service would not necessarily be operated by a conventional railway. The announcement was slipped out almost unnoticed on the last day before Parliament was dissolved to prepare for a General Election.

In announcing new strategic objectives for the project, the Department for Transport stated: “The scheme previously known as SRLtH (Southern Rail Link to Heathrow) has been renamed SAtH (Southern Access to Heathrow) to reflect the mode-agnostic approach and encompass modes other than just heavy rail.”

Reproduced by kind permission of RAIL magazine

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