Heathrow group welcomes private investment proposals

Heathrow Southern Railway Limited (HSRL) has welcomed Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling’s remarks about private investment in rail links, made during a recent Transport Select Committee hearing on the Airports National Policy Statement.

At the hearing, and in response to a question by Plymouth Sutton & Devonport MP Luke Pollard (Labour & Cooperative), Grayling said: “We intend to invite proposals for private investment in southern access to Heathrow in the next couple of months. I think that there is a genuine opportunity there to lever in private financial support for that particular investment.” Grayling also revealed that the Department for Transport is making passive provision at Old Oak Common for a station to serve Chiltern Railways trains.

HSRL Executive Director Graham Cross said: “The Secretary of State’s remarks recognise the importance of southern rail access to the future of Heathrow and the contribution private investment can make to its early construction.

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