At Welsh Questions last Wednesday, I asked the Welsh Secretary whether the Heathrow rail spur link will be ready by its original date of 2020. The Heathrow rail spur link will allow trains from Wales to go directly to the airport without first stopping at London Paddington. Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns couldn’t confirm when the vital link to Wales will be ready.

You can watch the exchange below:

Jo Stevens MP:

Does the Secretary of State agree that the demand for the Heathrow rail spur link is of paramount importance now, and that the original date for implementation and opening of 2020 should be adhered to?

Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales:

The hon. Lady raises an important point. Public transport is an important part of the expansion of Heathrow, including the western rail link. I am as keen as she is to see that progress as quickly as possible.

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