Cross Party Push To Link The West To Heathrow

The inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Western Rail Link to Heathrow (APPG for WRLtH) which will support the case for and delivery of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow, took place this week, with Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster being elected Vice-Chair.

WRLtH would see the creation of a new rail connection from Reading, via Slough, to London Heathrow, giving 20 per cent of the UK population access to Heathrow via one interchange. Journey times in the future could be as short as 26 minutes from Reading and 6 minutes from Slough, making it much easier for travellers from South Devon to access the UK’s main hub airport.

At the meeting Tan Dhesi and Richard Benyon were elected as Co-Chairs, Geraint Davies as Secretary and Luke Pollard as Treasurer, Kevin Foster and Christina Rees as Vice-Chairs.

Kevin said: “This project would not only benefit those living near the airport, but provide a more direct rail link for passengers from across the South West. The scheme could generate an estimated £800m of additional economic activity and 42,000 new jobs, whilst making it easier for investors and travellers to reach our bay from Heathrow without having to travel via London Paddington or a coach to Reading.”

“I am pleased to have been elected as Vice-Chair of this group and look forward to working with colleagues across the political divide to see this vital project delivered.”

About the author

Kevin Foster

Kevin Foster was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Torbay in May 2015.

Since being elected Kevin has set about working on his electoral campaign aims to regenerate Torbay’s town centres,develop year round employment opportunities create more integrated local care services and insuring Torbay has the infrastructure our local economy needs to grow in the future.

Kevin was born in Plymouth in December 1978 and spent his whole childhood in Devon.

His Father worked for 37 years as a Labourer/Painter in Devonport Dockyard until he took voluntary redundancy in 2010. His Mother worked for many years as a Teaching Assistant at the Primary School he attended as a child, continuing the job she loved until only 2 months before she lost her battle with Bowel Cancer in January 2014.

“Kevin lives on St Marychurch Road, close to the heart of Torquay Town Centre….” and is a regular at St Matthias Church in Wellswood and has now set up his constituency office in east Street Torre where he holds regular surgeries for residents to discuss their issues and problems.

Kevin started writing for the Torbay Times in 2013.