10:45AM, Thursday 27 February 2014
Support was given to the privately-funded Windsor Link Railway project by the Royal Borough at its monthly council meeting.
A petition with 1,423 signatures was previously handed in to the council asking them to do more to support the scheme, which was discussed at the meeting on Tuesday.
The Windsor Railway Link aims to give commuters faster and more frequent trains to London, Heathrow and the Thames Valley region from Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead.
It also hopes to benefit the environment, provide more parking and reduce congestion in the town.
Cllr George Bathurst (Con, Castle Without), who is working on it privately as a businessman, addressed the council.
He said: "I'd like to dispel the myth that the railway is a Trojan horse to allow unwanted developments in the town centre.
"Rather than ugly tower blocks, the Windsor Link Railway wants to keep tradition within Windsor.
"I hope to work together to make Windsor more economically viable, less congested and more beautiful than it is today."
Cllr Eileen Quick, (Con, Clewer East) lead member for Windsor said: "This is a very ambitious scheme, we have got to keep out heads on straight and see how this can develop the Windsor areas as well as our transport links."
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