Rail scheme linking Wales directly to Heathrow airport
Wales is the home of railway archaeology with more independently owned railways than anywhere else in the world, it is fitting that the British government are making plans for a £500m rail scheme linking Wales directly to Heathrow airport with better roads and rail links to Cardiff International Airport also needed.
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond is reported to be in the early stages of developing a new railway station at Heathrow that would bring the Great Western Mainline and the new High Speed Two line – set to connect London to the north of England – together to form a major new transport hub.to take passengers from London Paddington to Swansea, via Newport, Bridgend and Cardiff.
Under the new plans, passengers would be able to travel directly to Heathrow and Swansea airports – slashing journey times and avoiding the need to travel into London first.
The news was last night welcomed by Welsh business leaders, who said the scheme had the potential to provide a multi-million pound boost to the economy and free up congested roads.