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High-speed line bypasses Heathrow but Tory reviews long-term options

The Government has kicked the idea of serving Heathrow Airport directly by high-speed rail into the long grass. Instead, ministers favour linking the airport into the network via an interchange station at Old Oak Common in West London.

Lord Adonis said HS2 had concluded that the business case for routing the high-speed line via Heathrow Airport station was weak. It would require a near continuous tunnel of about 29 miles and would add three-and-a-half minutes to the journey time compared to...

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