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BAA submits plans for Heathrow Airtrack

Plans rest with Transport Secretary


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Heathrow Terminal 5

BAA has submitted detailed plans for the Heathrow Airtrack rail link to the Secretary of State for Transport.

The proposed rail link will connect Heathrow with the national rail network to the south and west of the airport. The plans have been formed following public consultations throughout the spring and summer of 2008.

Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA, said: "I am pleased to be submitting an application today for Heathrow Airtrack. These plans will improve rail services to Heathrow from areas to the south west of London and the Thames Valley. The rail link will offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to car travel for both passengers and staff, potentially taking thousands of cars per day off the roads around Heathrow. In addition, Airtrack will enhance prospects for economic growth in the area to the south and west of the airport."

Should the proposal receive governmental support, the Heathrow Airtrack will operate in each direction from Heathrow Terminal 5 to London Waterloo, Guildford and Reading. These new trains will operate in addition to those current services, while the Heathrow Express services will be extended through Terminal 5 to Staines.

Once the Secretary of State has had time to consider the application, a decision will be made on whether a Public Inquiry should be held. BAA anticipates any such move to take place in 2010.

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July 24, 2009

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