A new railway link between Heathrow Airport and Surrey has been backed by Spelthorne Borough Council, and they are in support of a light rail scheme. This comes after the Government approved Heathrow’s third runway last week.

Back in March, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling invited private companies to submit ideas for a new rail link between Surrey towns and Heathrow Airport, as a complement to the plans for the new Western Rail Link.

It appears that the new rail proposal has taken a step forward as the council have backed this rail link, which would improve the connectivity of Surrey areas, such as Staines or Weybridge, with Europe’s biggest airport.

The proposal which has attracted the most fans is a light railway scheme, similar to schemes running in Vancouver and Dubai and not a million miles away from London’s Docklands Light Railway.

An artist's impression of what the Southern Light Rail could look like - DAKOTA

An artist’s impression of what the Southern Light Rail could look like – DAKOTA

The £375 million rail scheme would consist of a track supported on stilts, similar to a monorail, and it would run from Staines to the A30, which it would follow to the M25. It would then run alongside the motorway before turning into a station at Heathrow Airport.

The council believes this would be the most environmentally-friendly route for the borough, as stilts would reduce the track’s footprint and the route would leave Staines Moor, a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, untouched.

To facilitate the new rail, a combined bus and rail station would be built next to the Elmsleigh Centre in Staines, with direct access from Staines railway station.

Councillor Ian Harvey, leader of the council, said the council was of the opinion that backing such a scheme was a “no brainer”.

“I am very excited about this ground-breaking scheme which creates seamless connectivity from the heart of our borough to the airport and enables our residents to access the airport more easily,” he said, “The scheme would reduce congestion on the road and rail networks, and has the added benefit of rejuvenating our main town centre in Staines-upon-Thames, giving a huge economic boost to the whole borough.”

For us here at Dakota, the announcement of Heathrow’s third runway approval and the new railway link between Weybridge and the airport is a sign of the growing investment pouring into the area. As London fills up, the city is expanding outwards and we are in a prime location to intercept the growing numbers of business and traffic set to come through Weybridge.

Contact us at Dakota and find out why coming to set up in our fantastic office space in Weybridge is a move for those thinking to the future.

New light rail proposal for Heathrow

New light rail proposal for Heathrow