Local MP Caroline Dinenage met with Heathrow Southern Railway this week to support the push for better transport links between Heathrow and the South Coast.
Caroline has supported the scheme since it was founded in 2017. The project aims not only to introduce direct access to Heathrow Airport by train from the South, but also improve the air quality around the area which is congested with cars. It aims to bring reliable journey times, ease motorway conjunction and support both local and national business. The new rail link is expected to be open to passengers between 2025 and 2027.
Commenting on the HSRL scheme, Caroline noted:
"The transport links between South Hampshire and Heathrow have long needed addressing. It's ridiculous that air passengers from our area need to travel in to Central London and back out again in order to get to Heathrow. This issue is felt even more acutely in Gosport, the largest town in the UK with no railway. Better links are not only vital to attract inward investment but will support holiday-makers, ease congestion and reduce pollution. I am very pleased to see how far the project has come so far and look forward to hearing about progress."