10:55AM, Saturday 14 December 2013
Councillor George Bathurst spoke out at a Royal Borough meeting held on Tuesday asking people to get behind the project, which will provide an integrated transport scheme for Windsor, Maidenhead and the surrounding area.
Two petitions in support of the railway have so far received a total of 1,423 signatures.
At the meeting at Windsor Guildhall, Cllr Bathurst said: "By asking for support, Windsor Link Railway is not asking for money. We are not asking to circumvent proper planning procedures."
He added: "You are not being asked to approve anything but merely to say that you are sufficiently interested to warrant further investigation."
WLR is proposing to build a rail network to improve links from Slough to London via Windsor by connecting the town's railway stations by a tunnel and also linking lines with Heathrow.
If built it would be the first privately owned new railway in the country for more than 100 years.
According to Cllr Bathurst it would save residents a million hours a year in travel time and take 7,000 cars a day off our roads.
The project so far has received support from Network Rail and South West Trains, the Department for Transport and Heathrow Airport.
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.