A DECISION to not base a hub at Heathrow for the proposed 250mph high speed rail line was influenced by a lack of confidence in the third runway project.
The report from High Speed Two Ltd, the company tasked with commissioning the rail link between London and Birmingham, explained to the Government the reasons for the various choices of locations.
A report explained the choice of location for the Crossrail interchange as ultimately boiling down to two direct choices, Heathrow, and Old Oak Common, in Paddington.
The report reads: "Given the uncertainties around future development at Heathrow, and the wider opportunities for improving access from the west, we do not make a recommendation for a preferred option at Heathrow."
The Old Oak Common site was chosen, supported by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, the local authority responsible for the site.
However, not basing a rail hub at Heathrow has been roundly attacked, and the Conservatives have pledged to build a hub at the airport if they come into power.
Theresa Villiers, shadow transport secretary, said: "We have an alternative vision for Heathrow which is a top class new rail link at the airport connected to high-speed rail to provide not only an alternative to thousands of short-haul flights to make the airport less over-crowded but to make it much easier and more pleasant to get to."
Last week at the High Court, a decision was made by Lord Justice Carnwarth, who told that the Government must look again at the third runway, and that their initial consultation which led to approving the airport expansion was botched.
Popular watersports training centre, the Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre, which attracts 20,000 plus visitors a year, have already told how a 2km viaduct over their lakes between Harefield and Denham would force them to close. They insist if a hub was built at Heathrow, then they would not be affected.
The report by HS2 reveals several sites were initially considered for the interchange.
These also include Hayes, Southall, Acton, Hanwell, and Ealing Broadway.
Hayes was rejected because of the difficulties such a difficult and disruptive construction would have on the population.
A plan for a 10 platform station at Iver was also strongly considered, being only along the M4 from Heathrow, but was rejected because of the possible environmental impact as over 50 per cent of the proposed site would be on the Colne floodplain.
The current proposals for the 46 minute London to Birmingham route include the possibility to later include a 'Heathrow Loop' which would include up to 19 kilometres of underground tunnelling, underneath areas as West Drayton, although no concrete proposals have been put forward for this, as the Government seek to focus on pushing the main route through.
The high speed rail line would not begin construction until 2017, and not be ready until 2026. Crossrail is expected to be ready in 2017.
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