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New Heathrow rail link proposed

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An Oxford MP has proposed a rail link between Heathrow Airport and Oxford.

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey tabled the idea with rail minister Andrew Jones during talks to reopen Grove railway station in Oxfordshire.

His proposed line would run from Grove, through Oxford and then on to Heathrow airport.

Land has already been set aside for building a new station on the railway at Grove.

The link to Heathrow is now being proposed as a way of “developing a strategic case” for the reopening of Grove station.

Vaizey said: “I am delighted that the minister took the time to meet me and local colleagues to discuss these important projects.

“We will continue to work with the Department [for Transport] and local rail partners to develop strategic schemes to improve services.

“On guidance from the Department and Network Rail I will be looking at the East West Rail scheme and the Cotswold Line Promotion Group for inspiration in how to build a business case for improvements to commuter services between Oxford & Bristol and hope that colleagues in Parliament with stations along that route might join me.”

The Department for Transport is currently reviewing privately-financed rail proposals to connect with Heathrow.

Heathrow Southern Rail Ltd remains in talks with the Department for Transport about its proposals to connect Woking and Waterloo stations with the airport. A light rail scheme from Spelthorne is also still on the table.

Last year, New Civil Engineer revealed that the HS4Air proposal connecting Heathrow and Gatwick to HS2 had been thrown out by the DfT along with a western rail link to Windsor.

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