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18-Mar-2017 02:26 PM
Moreover, I note that Mr Bathurst considers that ‘the formation of the Greater Thames Valley had also been a positive as it meant LEPs could work on integrated transport schemes across boundaries.’ I need to find out what the Greater Thames Valley project is all about because it is a new one on me...
The article also claims that ‘the lines would be linked to form a new access between Slough and Waterloo although the purpose of the orbital line would be more for peripheral journeys, rather than travelling into London.’ Well that is a new one on me. Given that the WLR website is chocker block full of possibly erroneous or exaggerated claims about travel times into both Paddington and Waterloo, this suggests a change of tack especially when he goes on to state that ‘what some people want to do is travel from Twyford to Twickenham.’ Agreed, there is that possibility, and pretty much from anywhere to anywhere else, but (ignoring the fact that there is a train line from Twyford to Twickenham via Reading already) should Windsor’s two stations be sacrificed, the riverside filled with billionaire mansions, the National Trust Goswells lost beneath a new station and Alexandra Gardens trashed to make a car park to facilitate such journeys?
I think not.
18-Mar-2017 03:20 PM
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27-Mar-2017 10:25 AM
Colnbrook Info website have picked up on the Thames Valley property website report that implied that WLR were about to announce something of significance. As that announcement has yet to materialise we cannot comment on how significant that might be, but Colnbrook Info are implying that the Heathrow link from Slough and the west via the GWR is somehow delayed.
That is as maybe, but it really is clutching at straws to suggest that the apparent slow progress of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH) somehow improves the chances of the WLR option. This is, by WLR’s own admission, a ‘Phase Two’ possibility proposed to be implemented some years after the completion of their initial link, slicing through the middle of the Windsor riverside area. By my reckoning that is probably a minimum of eight years away, if it ever happens at all, which makes the WLR-Heathrow link (featuring a decidedly ham-fisted dog-leg via Slough) perhaps fifteen years away, minimum.
Somehow I cannot see a desirable, efficient, speedy and commercially successful link from the west of England, and many other points from around the country, being held up for so many years and, if it ever happens, trundling over the viaduct through Windsor and on to Heathrow via at least four additional stops including a Chalvey Halt. The plan for WRLtH might be taking a little longer to progress than originally hoped for, but, as it wins hands down in terms of efficiency and sheer common sense, it becomes ‘no contest’.
Furthermore, given that any train service into and out of Heathrow would need to be, say, every quarter hour at least, both in and out, how could WLR also claim that Windsor’s services into Waterloo would be enhanced at the same time? It seems to me that the whole concept is just far too complex to be preferable to a simple Slough-Heathrow link and Windsor-Waterloo services would inevitably suffer, totally denying the minimal ‘improvements’ that are currently being foisted upon us.
So Colnbrook Info could well be clutching at straws in their suggestion that WLR is making progress compared to the sensible option.
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9-Apr-2017 10:22 AM
In November 2014, a working group of the local planning authority, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, recommended support of the proposals in the borough local plan, provided no substantial harm to heritage assets was verified. This was confirmed by the borough's cabinet on 26 February 2015.
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9-Jun-2017 10:01 AM
I am told that the The Tourism Forum meets next Thursday evening, 6.30pm, at the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel where there will be a presentation from First Group on the new South Western Railway franchise, i.e. increasing the frequency and capacity of the line, which must have an impact on the viability and appeal (such as it is) of WLR.
It would be interesting to hear what is said.
11-Jun-2017 04:38 PM
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