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Five bidders are in the running to build the first railway line under new
government proposals aiming to fund new tracks entirely with private cash.

Hong Kong-based transport giant MTR, which runs South Western Railway from
Waterloo to the West Country with FirstGroup, and a scheme involving
Baroness Valentine, the HS2 director, are among those vying to build a line
linking towns and cities south of Heathrow directly with the airport.

Bidders were invited to submit proposals in March as part of plans by
ministers to inject extra cash into the railways.

Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, has been vocal about his desire
for rail access to Heathrow from the south, as improved transport links
bolster the argument in favour of the third runway expansion proposals.

Although proposals can still be submitted until the end of July, a source
close to the Government project said new challengers are unlikely.
Officials are due to meet bidders today to outline their priorities for the
project.

The Heathrow Southern Railway bid backed by Baroness Valentine would link
the airport to Staines on the Windsor-Staines line and connect to the
existing South West main line between Byfleet and Woking.

The Windsor Link Railway scheme, headed by George Bathurst, would provide
links from the airport to the south and west as part of a larger scheme.

A light rail system has also been proposed by Interlinking Transit
Solutions, headed up by Canadian Peter Buckley, as part of its broader
Greater London transport proposal.

The identity of the fifth bidder has not yet been disclosed.

Once the bid deadline passes in July, the Government is expected to provide
an update on the next stage of the process in the autumn. Depending on the
scheme chosen, trains could be running on the new line as early as 2025.


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Five bidders are in the running to build the first railway line under new
government proposals aiming to fund new tracks entirely with private cash.


There's HEx from the airport to Hayes, under "old proposals" for private
funding. And isn't East-West rail already in the queue for
privately-funded new lines?
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On 2018\05\14 08:28, Recliner wrote:

The Windsor Link Railway scheme, headed by George Bathurst, would provide
links from the airport to the south and west as part of a larger scheme.

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I don't see how the Windsor Link, joining the two Windsor lines, would
provide the airport with anything.
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Default Telegraph: Five bidders for private Heathrow southwest rail link

On 14/05/2018 12:55, Basil Jet wrote:
On 2018\05\14 08:28, Recliner wrote:

The Windsor Link Railway scheme, headed by George Bathurst, would provide
links from the airport to the south and west as part of a larger scheme.

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/05/13/first-rail-line-built-private-money-has-five-bidders



I don't see how the Windsor Link, joining the two Windsor lines, would
provide the airport with anything.


It's then supposed to link to the existing freight only line west of
Heathrow according to an earlier proposal. Presumably with a new link
to one of the termini in Heathrow itself.

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