Mayor hopeful promises rail link from Heathrow - Heathrow Airport News

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Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate for London is polishing his transportation manifesto and proposing some changes to the way people in the British capital get around. Proposed changes include a fee for out-of-town commuters driving in central London and new high speed trains from the city to Heathrow Airport.

The £10 fee for out-of-town commuters would be used to fund public transportation improvements, including a high speed link with Heathrow.

"A Greater London congestion charge will have a real impact on congestion and pollution,” said Paddick. “This is about getting people out of their cars and on to public transport. This will make a significant contribution to improving London's public transport system, in the suburbs as well as in the centre."

Paddick’s manifesto includes a commitment to develop a high speed rail link between Heathrow Airport and destinations in the UK and in France. If elected as mayor, the rail link could be developed along the same model as the Tube operations on the Docklands Light Railway.

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