Airports operator BAA has confirmed plans to link Heathrow Airport with other parts of the rail network. The Airtrack line will run from the airport, including the anticipated fifth terminal, to Staines, linking up with rail services to Woking and the South West. It then follows existing lines to Clapham Junction where passengers could change for Gatwick Airport without having to go through central London.
The route would finish at Waterloo for Eurostar connections.
More freedom for successful councils to borrow money will be outlined this autumn in a local government White Paper by transport secretary Stephen Byers. He has also promised measures to remove bureaucracy from councils suffering from inspection overload.