02:30PM, Friday 19 February 2016
The appointment of architects to draw up a masterplan for the ambitious Windsor Link Railway (WLR) has been hailed as a ‘very positive step’ by the project’s managing director.
WLR announced on Monday that Somerset-based James Armitage Architects had been commissioned to produce design ideas and a 3D model to give the public a better idea of what the project could look like.
The scheme is expected to cost £150million.
James Armitage is part of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community Professional Network which encourages sustainable development and planning in communities.
In its announcement, WLR bosses said the architects were ‘well placed to understand Windsor’s special status as an internationally famous historic town’.
Cllr George Bathurst (Con, Sunninghill and South Ascot), managing director of the WLR project, told the Express: “It’s a very positive step and we’re excited to be moving it forward and we’re pleased to be able to share our ideas with the local public.”
He expects block models and computer generated images of the project to be drawn up ‘in the next month or two’.
If approved, the WLR project would see the lines running into Windsor’s two train stations linked by a tunnel with the new WLR line running beneath the town’s existing viaduct.
A new design idea has now also been put forward which could see the viaduct running into Windsor & Eton Central station turned into a pedestrianised ‘Green Way’, as seen in New York City, as part of a riverside development.
Cllr Bathurst said he hopes to hold a number of exhibitions in Windsor in the coming months to increase resident’s understanding of the project.
“It will be the biggest change to Windsor since the railways 150 years ago so people are right to be cautious,” he added. “We have tried from the very outset to be transparent and get people involved as much as possible.”
Go to windsorlink.co.uk for all the latest information.
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