Proposals for a new rail link to Heathrow Airport as part of the HS2 high-speed network connecting  London and the north of England have been ruled out by the transport minister Patrick McLoughlin.

“I would now like to make clear that we do not intend to build the spur as part of Phase 1 or 2 of the HS2 scheme”, he said in response to a written question

The government had originally said any decision about the Heathrow spur would be delayed until the Davies Commission’s report on future UK airport capacity had been completed. But there has now been a change of policy.

Responding to a written Parliamentary question, the minister cited the Airports Commission review findings – published in November – which “indicated that an HS2 spur is highly unlikely to be necessary to support any expansion of Heathrow airport”.

Nick Hurd, Conservative MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner said that he was “delighted” the government had dropped the idea and gave “credit to ministers for listening to our argument”.

He said the best way of connecting passengers to Heathrow was via Old Oak Common.