Author: Cyril Richert
Heathrow Aiport have asked the government for permission to develop a new rail link from Terminal 5 to Waterloo (estimated cost £350-400m). Services would operate to Reading, Guildford and London Waterloo and would be in addition to those already operating on these lines. At the same time, some Heathrow Express services would be extended through Heathrow Terminal 5 to Staines.
Two services an hour will link Waterloo to Heathrow with 10-carriage trains stopping at Clapham Junction (and Richmond,
Twickenham, Feltham and Staines). Given the importance of this service large numbers of people will want to change at CJ to use this service – including people transferring from Heathrow to Gatwick.
BAA held two stages of consultation on the proposals (from February to
April 2008 and the second stage from October to December 2008) for people in the surrounding of Staines town centre where most of the work will take place. Result and comments can be read here.
A series of public exhibitions were held in Staines, Stanwell Moor, Feltham, Egham, Richmond and Wokingham. We regret that none was organised in Clapham Junction (nor did I see any news included in the latest edition of Brightside distributed last week actually).
- 24 July 2009: Draft Transport and Works Act Order application submitted
- 18 September 2009: Closing date for submissions of objections [*]
- Early 2010: Potential Public Inquiry
- Late 2010: TWA powers granted
- Early 2011: Possible start of works
- Late 2014: Heathrow Airtrack services operating
After the announcement of the go ahead for the East London Line to CJ, this is yet more evidence of the increasing necessity to improve the station with an appropriate development plan!
[*] Letters of support, representations and objections to the application must be lodged within 56 days to the Secretary of State for Transport c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit, Department for Transport, 9/09 Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6DT or email email@example.com. All correspondence should clearly state your name and postal address.