Government invites private sector to submit ideas on Heathrow southern rail link

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UK: The Department fro Transport (DfT) has issued a call for ideas on market-led proposals to deliver a new southern rail link to Heathrow Airport.

The link will be one of the first projects under government plans to invite third parties - such as local authorities and private sector companies - to invest in the rail network, over and above the £47 billion the government is already planning for the next five years.

There are already a number of consortia looking to construct the southern link to Heathrow.

Proposed schemes would need to make commercial sense, build on the government’s significant investment in rail infrastructure and have the needs of passengers at their heart, without the over-arching need for government support.

"We are investing in the most significant modernisation of the UK rail network since Victorian times, and I want the knowledge and expertise of investors and local partners to contribute to delivering new connections, more services and better journeys for passengers," Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said.