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Railways: Airports

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new (a) rail and (b) light rail links to airports have been built since 1997. (125976)

Heathrow Express, a direct rail service from London Paddington to Heathrow airport, was opened in 1998. The Docklands Light Railway was extended in 2005 to provide access to London City airport. Also in 2005, the Welsh Assembly Government funded the reopening of the Vale of Glamorgan line for passenger trains in order to serve Cardiff International airport (previously the line had been suitable for freight transport only).