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Heathrow rail link gets Council backing

A new rail link which will improve access to Heathrow Airport for local residents and businesses is being backed by West Berkshire Council.

Improved connections are promised for rail passengers from the South West so it could mean that there may be direct options from Newbury rather than the current National Express coach, which runs just once a day in each direction.

Network Rail is proposing to build a 6.5km rail link connecting Reading and Slough with Heathrow Airport. The new link - most of which would be underground - would speed up journeys by allowing passengers to travel to Britain's busiest international airport without going into London Paddington.

As well as quicker, more convenient journeys a new tunnel will reduce congestion and improve air quality and support our businesses in competing in international markets. Network Rail is currently holding a consultation on the proposal and residents are encouraged to take part to show support for the scheme. The consultation is available at www.networkrail.co.uk/heathrow and open until 22 June, 2018.

Backing the bid is Councillor James Fredrickson, West Berkshire Council's newly appointed Executive Member for Economic Development. James said: "Great travel connections by road and rail are one of the many reasons why West Berkshire is a great place to start or grow businesses. When we ask businesses what more we could do they champion even better transport links with Heathrow. The airport helps our businesses trade in countries around the world and this rail link will help ensure West Berkshire continues to compete for business locally, nationally and globally."

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