Heathrow & the Public Transport Network (1)

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you explain why your infrastructure plan does not include new rail links between Heathrow Airport & south west London?


Answer for Heathrow & the Public Transport Network (1)

Answer for Heathrow & the Public Transport Network (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The purpose of the 2050 Plan is to identify the overall scale of the infrastructure requirements needed to support London's growth challenge over the next 35 years.

It forms part of my wider effort to put in place an improved set of arrangements for planning and funding London's infrastructure in response to the city's population growth. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all the schemes that will be needed between now and 2050, but rather an opportunity to consider the strategic options for London's development, starting with consideration of its future size and shape.


Alternative options relating to London's airport capacity and surface access infrastructure would produce very different outcomes in terms of the shape and nature of the city's long term strategic development. Clearly an approach to London's airport capacity decision making that didn't take full account of London's wider planning context would be a partial one. The 2050 Infrastructure Plan takes an integrated strategic approach and this demonstrates a clear requirement for a new four runway hub airport in the Thames Estuary.

Nevertheless, the 2050 Plan does include proposals for a new South London rail link via Waterloo in Control Period 8 (2029-34). This would be a new service on the line out of Waterloo via Clapham Junction and Feltham to Terminal 5. This would of course be dependent on future UK aviation strategy.