08:57AM, Friday 17 October 2014
A London Underground-style map has been presented to businesses and residents in Windsor as part of a multi-million pound railway project.
Representatives from the Windsor Link Railway (WLR) project warned the town could become like 'an island' if something is not done about its poor transport links.
Managing director George Bathurst, who is also a Royal Borough councillor, showed the map, which displayed current services, 'in development' services such as Crossrail and a possible 'extended riverside service' which would link Windsor to Waterloo and Heathrow.
"There is a danger of becoming a dormitory town, we want people working here as well as living here," he said.
"We have not been shouting loud enough."
The project, which began in 2009, involves linking the lines running into Windsor's two stations by tunnel, creating a route between Slough and South London.
The new line could reduce journey times to London Paddington by 10 minutes.
It is also hoped complicated train journeys from Windsor to Ascot could become simpler.
Another proposal put forward was the redevelopment of Alexandra Gardens, including pedestrianising Barry Avenue, raising the park up to the same height as the flood defence so that the original vision of a riverside park is restored, putting a 1,600 space car park under the park and building 'something better than a coach park and dilapidated arches behind the park'.
The project team believes this regeneration of the park will solve 'one of Windsor's most pressing problems' and also remove the 'visual dominance' parking currently has around the riverside area.
WLR said it had received feedback from Network Rail, which said the project was 'positive, possible, and feasible'.
In order for the scheme to go ahead, £1-2m is required for an initial planning application.
Work could begin in 2020, with the railway fully operational by 2022.
The presentation took place on Wednesday at the Guildhall in High Street, at a meeting hosted by the steering group Windsor 2030, a weekly group made up of businesses, the town manager and members of the Windsor District Chamber of Commerce.
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