A CHANCE for Windsor residents to have their say on an ambitious £250M scheme which has caused equal parts support and concern has been delayed.
A report to pave the way for a public consultation specifically over the Windsor Link Railway (WLR) and open to residents affected by the scheme to go out later this year was due before cabinet last night (Thursday), but was pulled the day before.
The privately-financed project involves effectively merging Windsor's two railway stations underground and so connecting Slough to Staines via Windsor - creating a quicker connection from Windsor to London Paddington - with the potential also for a new railway station in Chalvey.
The Royal Borough's developing Local Plan already has the scheme included in it as it would involve large scale development work in the centre of Windsor with housing and park land potentially being built.
Cllr Derek Wilson, cabinet member for planning, said: "A lot of the [cabinet] paper was referring to Windsor Link Railway and there is a lot more to Windsor and Windsor regeneration than just the Windsor Link Railway. We just want to try and make sure that we cover everything [in the consultation].
"Essentially the report came too soon. There is nothing untoward about it - it is just simply the Windsor regeneration project is going to be a major project that will also be identified in the two Windsor Neighbourhood Plans that are also currently being developed."
Connecting Windsor's two stations is phase one of the stage - which has Network Rail backing - but a second phase to connect to the Great Western Main Line to Heathrow does not have the same backing with the Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRAtH) scheme set for the go-ahead instead.
The scheme has a 2022 target date to be operational.