04:30AM, Thursday 12 June 2014
Cash needed to fund a formal planning application for the Windsor Link Railway (WLR) project could be raised by the end of the year, according to the man behind the plan.
Royal Borough councillor George Bathurst, managing director of the £150m project, said he hoped WLR would soon be able to launch a public consultation which would allow it to draw up plans for the application.
The publically-funded project 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.
Cllr Bathurst (Con, Castle without Ward), who is working on the project privately as a businessman, said: "If the scheme is contested and needs alterations, the sky's the limit and could cost up to £10m, but I'm hoping it will be at the lower end of the scale.
"We'll be making due diligence before announcing a public consultation and then we hope to move forward with a plan which will make the biggest and most positive impact on Windsor and its residents."
WLR is hopeful of submitting a formal application within the next 18 months to two years.
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