Rail link will connect Heathrow Airport with Canary Wharf - Heathrow Airport News

Airport news for Heathrow on 31/07/2008.

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This new link is part of the Crossrail project, a development programme that has been greeted with enthusiasm and represents the largest improvement scheme on the London transport network in more than half a century.

Experts predict that congestion on London’s tube network will be eased by the new Heathrow link. It is also expected that calls for increasing capacity at the London City airport will diminish, as the convenience and speed of connection provided by the new service will make travel from Heathrow more appealing than at present.

As Lords have approved the plan, the overall Crossrail project will soon be brought in front of Commons.

If approved, construction would begin in 2010, and will involve the construction of 14 miles of tunnels to connect Heathrow Airport and Maidenhead with east London through Paddington and Tottenham Court Road.

Ruth Kelly, the transport secretary, has expressed her support for the project: "This landmark project is of major significance to both London and the whole country."

Kelly continued: "It will generate jobs and economic growth, help re-vitalise some of our most deprived areas and deliver major improvements for the travelling public."

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