§ Mr. Lubbock
asked the Minister of Transport what proposals have been submitted to her by London Transport for connecting Heathrow Airport to the underground system; when she expects to make a decision on these proposals; and by what date she estimates the link underground line will be in operation, assuming that the necessary Private Bill is passed in the present Session of Parliament.
§ Mr. Swingler
The proposal before us is for a link from London (Heathrow) Airport to the Piccadilly line at Hounslow West. It, and other forms of airport link, are being examined in the Transport Co-ordinating Council for London. The issues involved in the various proposals go wider than the providing of a transport link and it will take some time to assess them fully. The earliest possible operating date for the Hounslow link would be 1971.