Life is easy for the toads and bats of Staines-upon-Thames: the disused railway line has formed a woodland corridor that runs north towards Heathrow. That could drop to just six minutes under plans to link Staines and other parts of Surrey to the airport. The Department for Transport officially supports the idea of a rail link, and says it is “working closely with interested parties to progress this project”. Yet the promoters believe the schemes – a light rail plan favoured by Staines council, as well as fully integrated rail lines – have been left languishing. Either way, with green issues returning to the fore, investors will look to see whether the DfT will help make the rail link a reality.
Source: The Guardian June 15, 2019 15:00 UTC