Heathrow Airport: Railways

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th May 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for work to (a) commence and (b) finish on the Western Rail Access to Heathrow project.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

My Department is working with Network Rail to progress the design and development of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow scheme and a final consultation on the proposed alignment will commence this month.

This is a major step in the development of the scheme and is required before Network Rail can submit its application to the Planning Inspectorate for the necessary consents. The construction timetable is subject to obtaining these planning consents but an indicative timetable would see this commence during Network Rail’s Control Period 6 (the funding period 2019 to 2024).

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