Officials from Bristol airport have objected to the recent announcement of a new rail link from Wales to Heathrow.

Airport news for Bristol,Travel on 16/07/2012.

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Officials from Bristol airport have objected to the recent announcement of a £500 million rail project set to link Wales directly to Heathrow airport.

Last week saw transport secretary Justine Greening confirm that the project would move forward, meaning that rail passengers travelling from Wales and the West Country would no longer need to transfer via central London to reach Heathrow, cutting 30 minutes off travel times.

Experts say the link will most likely operate as a spur from the primary Great Western route.

However, Bristol airport has since responded by saying that Heathrow is already vastly overcrowded and that Bristol airport better suited to host passengers travelling to and from points west.

Operators said in a statement released late last week that if Bristol were to host passengers travelling from the west that it would free up desperately needed capacity space in the South East. It added that the facility was already amid plans to improve connectivity via a contract with Bendy bus service, which has already been given the green light from the government.

However, Greening said in a statement that the new rail plan would bring other “significant benefits” for Bristol and that businesses to the west of Heathrow had been pleading for a direct rail link for several years.

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