The Observer – Left in a siding: the rail link that could make Heathrow greener

Airport and Department for Transport fight shy of backing new line from Staines that would slash car usage.
ife is easy for the toads and bats of Staines-upon-Thames: the disused railway line has formed a woodland corridor that runs north towards Heathrow. Terminal 5 is just a mile or so further on as the bat flies. But to reach it from Staines station would take a hapless rail passenger almost two hours via three trains.