Feltham MP calls for Heathrow rail link
Wed 2 November 2016, 5:09 pm
Seema Malhotra, the Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, has called for a rail link to be installed between Feltham and Heathrow.
Speaking at an adjournment debate at the House of Commons on 20 October, the MP backed the proposal put forward by Hounslow Council, which would link the airport with Waterloo and the south-east.
Malhotra said: “It is scandalous that the world’s busiest airport is not connected to south London and the whole of the south-west it serves, for want of a few kilometres of track linking Heathrow to Waterloo, intermediate stations in Hounslow, and the rest of the south-east.”
Arguing that the enhancement of public transport would open the potential for sustainable development and much-needed housing, Malhotra is calling for Hounslow Council’s proposal to be considered in the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Southern Rail Access project, alongside previously proposed options.
The MP criticised the DfT for not engaging with local councils over the issue.
She said: “When Network Rail was undertaking its research, local stakeholders were deliberately not engaged in relation to the options being considered by them.”