BAA confirmed today that it has decided to withdraw the Transport and Works Act Order application relating to the highly controversial Airtrack scheme, news which has been welcomed by Zac Goldsmith MP.
There were already a number of issues facing the project, and wide scale local opposition combined with tough economic conditions have meant that the project has now been officially scrapped.
Heathrow’s surface access director Allan Gregory said: “We’ve listened to the concerns raised by local residents about the impact of Airtrack and worked hard to try and resolve level crossing issues. Despite our considerable efforts, including discussions with Network Rail and the local highway authorities, we have been unable to develop solutions which fully address these concerns'.
Having already committed £230 million to Crossrail, and invested over £1 billion on Heathrow Express and other rail services, BAA admit that they are unable to justify meeting the full cost of the project.
Zac commented, 'Although like most people, I support improvements to public transport, BAA's proposed 'Airtrack' scheme would have caused mayhem locally, increasing waiting times at our level crossings by up to 5 minutes in the hour as well as physically dividing our community. I'm therefore very pleased that the project will not go ahead, and I look forward to hearing more about Heathrow's new rail strategy'.