Walsh attacks Heathwick plans

9th Oct 2011
Walsh attacks Heathwick plans

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) has warned that the proposals to link Heathrow and Gatwick via a high speed rail link could be inefficient and costly.

Walsh expressed concerns about how the high speed rail link would be funded and described it the proposal as ‘sub-optimal’.

The warning followed confirmation by the Department of Transport (DOT) that a high speed rail service linking Heathrow and Gatwick is being considered by ministers to maximise capacity.

The £5 billion service, dubbed ‘Heathwick’ would enable travellers to get from Heathrow to Gatwick in just 15 minutes via 180 mph trains that would travel underground along the M25, departing every 5 minutes.

The virtual hub between airports is expected to ease capacity problems currently faced by the aviation industry.


The Government is currently reviewing its aviation policy.


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