BREAKING NEWS! - New Airtrack Plan Links Staines to Heathrow Without Affecting Egham

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By StaineSiobhan | Friday, October 28, 2011, 11:55

A new rail plan - called Airtrack Lite - has been unveiled which would connect Staines with Heathrow Terminal 5.

 

Plans for a new direct rail service from south London to Heathrow have been unveiled by Wandsworth Council.

 

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

 

A map of the proposed service is available on the council's website here.

 

The plans avoid routeing 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. 

 

Now Wandsworth has come up with a new plan – called Airtrack-Lite - that 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 here to Terminal 5. The rest of the route would run along existing lines.

 

Heathrow is one of Europe's busiest airports but is served only by the Heathrow Express to Paddington and by the Piccadilly Line. This forces Wandsworth residents to travel north through London to join a Heathrow bound service rather than travelling direct.

 

Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said:

 

"It's time Heathrow was put at the centre of a genuine local rail network which offered easy access to communities on all sides of the airport. It's the only way to get more traffic off the roads."

 

The council is now discussing the case for Airtrack-Lite with the Department for Transport as part of the Wandsworth Travel Choices campaign. This new initiative aims to bring smarter, faster and greener transport options to the borough like pay-as-you-go bike hire, car clubs and new rail services.

      

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  • Profile image for stainesbloke

    Yes, the original Airtrack had plans for the station around the High Street/Two Rivers area, basically bang on Mill Mead. Spelthorne wanted the station right up next to the High Street but BAA wanted it further down next to Moormede which got a lot of objections. They would probably need to put it by the Iron Bridge or at the other end of Two Rivers (by TK Maxx) to avoid the housing? A new station by the High Street could look really good, plus the fact it would be right in the town centre, great for promoting the town. Guess we will find out more soon?

    By stainesbloke at 12:40 on 02/11/11

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  • Profile image for StaineSiobhan

    I was wondering whether your site up Mill Mead would be a good option for the new station. Could easily link thru to Two Rivers, and the proposal says trains from Windsor would be on the run to Heathrow.

    By StaineSiobhan at 22:29 on 01/11/11

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  • Profile image for stainesbloke

    Great to hear more views on this scheme. Apparently the proposal already has considerable support in parts of south and west London. I wonder how Spelthorne will react? Egham residents seem positive about it now the level crossing issue has been addressed. The scheme would take a lot of cars off of our roads I reckon, as long as parking issues in Staines would be set against the 'park & flyers'. Has anyone seen the other rail proposal involving Staines? The links are here:

    http://tinyurl.com/68ehl6n

    http://tinyurl.com/6jfryl6

    By stainesbloke at 21:22 on 01/11/11

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  • Profile image for raypetrie

    Yes, I echo what others have said so far...this could work, and be good for Staines.
    Will be interested in more details....like the new station plans and impact on the moor

    By raypetrie at 17:41 on 31/10/11

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    Yes, I echo what others are saying.....this could work and be good news for Staines.
    Will be interested in more details...like the new station plans and impact on the Moor

    By raypetrie at 17:40 on 31/10/11

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