The link makes sense with or without a third runway, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce’s RUTH BAGLEY tells JAMES ABBOTT

Langley: No 165102 on a Didcot Parkway to London working (left) crosses No 387159 running from Paddington to Maidenhead on 6 September 2019. The proposed extension to Heathrow would diverge some 300 metres from the pointwork, which leads to disused sidings that once served an oil terminal.
Ken Brunt

The UK’s only international hub airport boasts Heathrow Express, TfL Rail and the Piccadilly Line for rail linkage to the centre of the city – but unlike competitors such as Schiphol or Charles de Gaulle, it has no rail services in other directions. There are coach and bus services linking to stations with services that reach elsewhere, but these are not as attractive as direct rail links.

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