Heathrow Southern Rail link may miss third runway opening

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New Civil Engineer reports backers of proposed Southern rail schemes to support Heathrow Airport’s third runway have been reportedly delayed by the Department for Transport (Dft), leading to the schemes potentially missing the opening of the runway. Heathrow Southern Rail (HSR) Chief Executive, Graham Cross said he had received a letter from the DfT which stated that commercial model proposals were “not expected until the end of the year” and aired his frustration at having to wait at least six months for any next steps to appear. Concerns were also aired by representatives at Transport for London. Heathrow Airport Ltd Surface Access Director Tony Caccavone commented  a decision on a new route was not moving “as quickly as the airport operator would have hoped”. These developments follow government rejections of other rail proposals, including links to Windsor and the HS4Air scheme to connect Heathrow to Gatwick, High Speed 1 and High Speed 2.

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