PRIVATE FUNDING FOR HEATHROW LINKS

RENÉ LAVANCHY REPORTS ON PLANS FOR NEW WESTERN AND SOUTHERN RAIL CONNECTIONS TO THE AIRPORT

History is repeating itself. Twenty-five years ago, construction began on the Heathrow Express rail link, the first private sector-led and financed piece of major infrastructure on the national rail network in over a generation. Now the Department for Transport is gearing up to find a private partner to finance, build and maintain the long-awaited western rail link to Heathrow Airport. With Parliament having voted in June to approve a third runway at Britain’s busiest airport, and ministers under pressure to mitigate the carbon emissions that will generate, the case for increasing rail access to Heathrow seems stronger than ever.

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