Passengers and businesses from the Thames Valley to the West Country and Wales are to get a boost to their transport links, after Network Rail announced plans for a preferred route for a new rail line from the Great Western Main Line with the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow.
The Great Western Main Line currently runs from Swansea, through Cardiff, before going on to Reading and London Paddington. Under the new plans, rail passengers travelling from west of Reading will no longer have to double-back on themselves via Paddington. The new link means passengers in Cardiff and Swansea could have their travel times to Heathrow cut by up to 45 minutes and 53 minutes respectively, while those in Reading could have up to 27 minutes shaved off their journey.
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