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Heathrow ups pressure for rail links

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Heathrow has pledged its backing for several of the UK’s major infrastructure projects, including the Heathrow Southern Railway scheme.

In a nine-point plan on how the airport could contribute to UK growth after Brexit, Heathrow said it is working with HS2 Ltd on connections to an HS2 station at Old Oak Common. It is also financially contributing to new transport connections to London such as Crossrail, and western and southern rail access to link other areas of the UK with Heathrow.

Heathrow Southern Railway has released plans for a £1.2bn rail route giving better connectivity to southern England. A 12.8km rail line would begin in a section of tunnel at the western part of Terminal 5 and would eventually join existing routes between Windsor and Staines.

Today engineering consultancy Aecom revealed that the southern rail access project will be its first under plans to design, build, finance and operate projects.

Heathrow’s Bringing Britain Closer report also called on the government to scrap domestic air passenger duty, claiming that increased revenue from expansion will make up for the shortfall in tax revenue for the government.

“Preparing for a post-Brexit economy means this Budget must include practical, deliverable and binding plans to support all of the UK,” said Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye.

“With an ambitious new nine-point connectivity plan, Heathrow is doing its part to connect all of Britain to growth – it’s now time for the Government to act.”

 

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