The Anonymous Widower

Windsor Link Railway Becomes Serious

I’ve always thought that the thinking behind the Windsor Link Railway was something of which I could approve.

It is a simple idea to connect Windsor’s two rail links and in a second phase provide Western rail access to Heathrow Airport.

This article on Global Rail News is entitled Consortium Submits Proposal For Windsor Link Railway In The UK.

This is the first two paragraphs of the article.

A consortium including global investor Meridiam has submitted a market-led proposal to the UK government to build the Windsor Link Railway.

Phase 1 of the project will cost £370 million and will see a new rail tunnel constructed in Windsor – as well as new houses – to connect the South Western and Great Western main lines. Phase 2 will connect Heathrow to the west.

I detailed the route in Walking The Proposed Route Of The Windsor Link Railway.

But what impressed me about the proposal, was the opportunities that it gives for new housing.

New housing is mentioned in my extract from the Global Rail News article and I put forward my thoughts in Is This One Of The Most Valuable Sites For New Development In The UK?.

This was my conclusion two years ago, when I wrote that post.

The Windsor Link Railway, is a project that must be judged as a whole.

But do that and there is a lot of money to be made from property development, which would more than pay for the railway.

If anything, after the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, there is more money to be made from the Windsor Link Railway.

I am not surprised,, Meridiam have backed the project.




August 1, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. Yes but at what cost. The residents of bridgewater terrace (old peoples Housing and housing association housing and cheaper private ) live in the cheapest houses in Windsor. They will be displaced and paid market value under CPO law. Then new luxury mega priced homes will. Be built. Next to Alexandra gardens and of course these will be unaffordable to these people. Also the shock of having to move will likely result in one or two of the old folk dying in the flats. Let’s leave bridgewater terrace alone and put the whole development on the car park site next to Alexandra gardens with less Housing. But of course less Housing will mean less profit for the developer. So it’s see ya later bridgewater terrace people. Also windsor will become just another pass through town for the railway. At present it is a double terminus so of some importance.

    Comment by Josh grimes | August 6, 2018 | Reply

  2. the scheme to Heathrow was rejected by the government, and the basic proposal through Windsor has just been rejected by the council too so I think this scheme is dead. See for some objections from locals. I actually quite liked the basic scheme, but mainly because I like the idea of linking up railways. This is a very sensitive site, though.

    Comment by Peter Robins | March 18, 2019 | Reply

    • I think it is a good plan. It also is affordable, as it opens up a lot of development sites. But that’s probably the problem!

      Comment by AnonW | March 18, 2019 | Reply

  3. maybe this scheme isn’t so dead after all

    Comment by Peter Robins | April 22, 2019 | Reply

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