Baroness Vere of Norbiton / Lord Bradshaw

Baroness Vere of Norbiton / Lord Bradshaw

Lord Bradshaw: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect (1) funding to be approved, and (2) an application for a Development Consent Order to be made, for a Western Rail Link to Heathrow Airport. [HL15709]

Baroness Vere of Norbiton: The Government fully supports the development of a Western Rail Link to Heathrow. The development of a five case business case for the Western Rail Link to Heathrow is nearing completion. The Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline sets out the process and principles underpinning funding of enhancements to the railway. Subject a satisfactory business case, and the agreement of acceptable terms with the Heathrow aviation industry, funding would be made available to take the project forward to the ‘Design’ gateway. On that basis, Network Rail expects to submit its Development Consent Order later in the Autumn.