WRLtH (Western Rail Link/Access to Heathrow)
The Ivers Parish Council (IPC) recognises that the proposed Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH) would provide improved access to London Heathrow Airport from the west. A substantial part of the project would occupy Green Belt Land in the south of The Ivers Parish. Also, this would be the principal point of access during construction. Tunnel vents and emergency access points with associated roadways would occupy the same piece of land. Critically, the proposed permanent closure of one of only two north-south roads linking the centre of the parish with routes to the south would leave a legacy of significant traffic congestion, increased air pollution and a deterioration in the quality of life for residents. Against all this, the residents of The Ivers would accrue no direct benefit from the new railway. WRLtH is expected to have a design life in excess of 100 years and the cost benefit improves the longer the life. Equally, however, the cumulative negative impact on the local community will be felt for decades to come.
The proposed project would cause unacceptable disruption to local residents during the construction phase and leave a legacy of traffic congestion, increased atmospheric pollution, loss of Green Belt and impaired quality of life.
180621 WRLtH Consultation IPC Reponse Website WRLth Consultation Update December 2018