WOW NEWS: Rail links for growth

Thu 22 November 2018, 2:24 pm

Caroline Low, director of Heathrow expansion at the Department of Transport, has said growth in sustainable travel in the Western Corridor will only come from better rail links.

This will be delivered by the opening of the Elizabeth line, improvements to the Piccadilly line, and could also include any longer term prospects for a southern rail link around to Waterloo, said Low.

Speaking at WOW, the conference for west and west of west London and the Thames Valley, taking place in Slough today (22 November), Low also acknowledged the three key areas of importance to local authorities in the Western Corridor when it came to infrastructure were: transport to Heathrow Airport, providing local housing and noise levels. 

She said she will "keep on pushing Heathrow to get innovative" with its transport links and that maximising the benefits of Heathrow's expansion should also be balanced with the need to ensure economic benefits are realised throughout the wider sub-region. 

"[There is] huge scope to improve local buses and shared transport," she said.
Low also made the call to local authorities to let the Department of Transport know what they want to get out of any expansions, and how the department can work with them. 

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