Heathrow Southern Railway Limited welcomes publication of Hansford Review

31 July 2017

Heathrow Southern Railway Limited (HSRL) – the private sector venture set up to transform Heathrow Airport’s rail access – has welcomed today’s publication by Network Rail of the review by Professor Peter Hansford into the contestability of the rail infrastructure market in Great Britain.

HSRL Executive Director, Chris Stokes, said:

“We valued the opportunity to meet Professor Hansford’s team and contribute to their review with evidence from the wide experience in our team.  HSRL is especially interested in the recommendation that Network Rail and the Government should identify pathfinder projects to demonstrate the removal of barriers and the benefits from alternative funding and delivery models.  We believe Heathrow Southern Railway to be just such a potential pioneer.”

For further information visit www.heathrowrail.com or contact Mark Walker on 01733 767244.

Notes for editors:

HSRL intends to create fast, easy and relaxing rail access to Heathrow Airport by building 8 miles of rail infrastructure from the west end of the existing Terminal 5 station.  This new railway will enable electric trains to operate between Heathrow and London’s Waterloo terminus via Clapham Junction, Putney, Hounslow, Twickenham, Richmond, Staines and other intermediate stations.

The proposed route will also improve connectivity between Surrey and London for commuters, facilitating a new electric train service between Basingstoke/Guildford and London’s Paddington terminus via Woking, Heathrow and Old Oak Common (for HS2 and the Elizabeth Line).  These services could be extended as far as cities on the south coast of England.

The Hansford Review may be viewed here: Hansford Review