To date, the government is advancing two new major rail schemes (Western Rail to Heathrow and Southern Rail to Heathrow) to significantly transform rail access to and from Heathrow. The government plans to partly involve the private sector in its financing, delivery and maintenance.  It aims to improve access to Heathrow from the south, reduce rail journey times, ease road and passenger congestion, create additional connections, generate economic growth and new jobs and provide an alternative form of transport for passengers, especially people who travel to the airport by car.

Alternatively, the Council has submitted a £375m light rail scheme to Heathrow to the Department of Transport (DfT) as part of its call for ideas on third party funded projects.

Southern Light Rail (SLR): Background
Southern Rail Link to Heathrow (SRLtH): Background
Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH)