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Wandsworth reveals Waterloo-Heathrow direct rail plans

Wandsworth Council has today unveiled plans for a new direct rail service from south London to Heathrow airport.

The proposal — which is based on BAA’s Airtrack scheme — would provide four trains an hour from Waterloo to the airport’s Terminal 5 with stops in Wandsworth at Clapham Junction and Putney.

The plans avoid routing extra trains through level crossings in Mortlake and Egham. This was a key problem with the original scheme which was scrapped by BAA in April.

Wandsworth’s new plan, called Airtrack-Lite, routes two trains an hour from Waterloo via the Hounslow loop. Two existing services on the Waterloo-Windsor line would split at Staines to provide a further direct link to Terminal Five. Two services an hour would also come up from Weybridge to Heathrow — again without adding extra frequencies over level crossings at Egham.

The new scheme would require a new station at Staines and a new stretch of track from there to Terminal 5. The rest of the route would run along existing lines.

  • A map of the proposed route is available on the council’s website.

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