04:42PM, Thursday 23 July 2015
Consultation on the Windsor Link Railway (WLR) is due to be discussed by Royal Borough councillors tonight (Thursday).
The planning and housing overview committee is set to meet at Maidenhead Town Hall at 7pm.
In the agenda for the meeting, it is recommended the committee notes the implications and costs of each of the consultation methods which could be associated with gaining feedback on the railway project.
These include a telephone or postal opinion poll, which would likely cost £30,000 and £40,000 respectively.
A local referendum poll is an option, which would involve costs of polling stations and charges by Electoral Services.
The committee is also recommended that more developed proposals for public consultation be presented to the September cabinet meeting for final authorisation.
The ambitious railway project began in 2009 and proposes linking the lines running into Windsor’s two stations by a tunnel, creating a route between Slough and South London.
The Windsor Link Railway would include a tunnel to connect the two lines and increase the frequency of trains to London stations.
If the recommendations are adopted, residents will have the opportunity to influence the council’s decision on whether or not it chooses to support the WLR proposal.
Residents could expect this to happen by November this year.
WLR managing director George Bathurst, who is also a Royal Borough councillor, said engagement with the council was important for the proposal to go-ahead.
He explained he hopes to ‘engage more deeply with the council’ as the next stage of the project and said: “Without their help we won’t be able to make this happen.”
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