The Anonymous Widower

Feltham Station

I hadn’t intended to go to Feltham station, but whilst talking to a South West Trains driver, he suggested I go to look at the improvements there and the level crossing.

Location

This Google Map shows the station’s location to the South-East of the Airport.

Heathrow Airport And Feltham Station

Heathrow Airport And Feltham Station

Feltham station is the station in the South East corner of the map.

A Modern Station

Feltham station is a modern station, as these pictures show.

If it has one problem it is the level crossing at the Western end of the station.

Services

The station is well-connected with six trains per hour (tph) to and from Waterloo on weekdays and 5 tph on Sundays.

But there are a long list of stations, who have in excess of 2 tph connections to the station on weekdays and good connections on Sundays. The list includes.

  • Clapham Junction
  • Putney
  • Reading
  • Richmond
  • Staines
  • Twickenham
  • Weybridge
  • Windsor and Eton Riverside

It is an impressive level of connectivity to the buses that serve Heathrow’s terminals.

I was at Feltham station for about twenty minutes and saw several newish buses drive off towards Heathrow.

A railway called Heathrow Airtrack was proposed, but abandoned to link Waterloo to Heathrow, via Feltham.

It doesn’t seem to be mentioned much these days.

I just think, that because the services through Feltham are at a level of one train every ten minutes and because the line has several level crossings, that trying to squeeze an airport service into the mix, although probably not impossible, was difficult and would give rise to too many objections to fight off.

An Alternative Link

But Heathrow may have the solution in their hands and that would be to use an enlarged version of the Heathrow Pod system, that I wrote about in A Visit To Heathrow Terminal 5.

Or they could use some other charismatic system, that flew people at helicoptor-height over the route to and from Heathrow.

Several systems come to mind; cable-car, tram, monorail, a modern Schwebebahn or MAGLev.

The Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, was built over the River Wupper in the early Twentieth Century and it still running today. I wrote about it in The Wuppertal Schwebebahn. You wouldn’t build anything like this, but the construction of the Schwebebahn shows that you can put a lightweight railway over a river.

This Google Map shows Feltham station in greater detail.

Feltham Station And The Longford River

Feltham Station And The Longford River

Note the Longford River, which passes under the station.

This Google Map shows Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Terminal 4 And The Longford River

Heathrow Terminal 4 And The Longford River

Again note the Longford River.

So could some form of lightweight aerial railway be created to run at perhaps fifteen metres above the river and some of the roads in the area. This picture shows the Heathrow Pod that connects some car parks to Terminal 5.

The Heathrow Pod Crosses To Terminal 5

The Heathrow Pod Crosses To Terminal 5

The Terminal 5 system is described here in Wikipedia and is 3.9 km long. I estimate that Feltham to Terminal 4 would be about 6 km.

As Heathrow are thinking of using the Heathrow Pod system to go all the way to Kingston, I would suspect that Feltham would be in range.

My big worry would be, that the number of pods required to transfer passengers to and from Feltham might be too large for the system.

So I think that even if the Heathrow Pod system couldn’t be used for the link, within a few years, someone will devise a system that would create the ultimate airport link between Feltham and Heathrow Airport.

 

 

 

November 22, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

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