Heathrow is the UK’s best-connected transport hub, with one of the busiest bus and coach stations and a dedicated non-stop express airport rail link in the UK. Expansion will protect and improve our integrated transport network to help passengers across Britain reach the airport sustainably.
Improving public transport
As set out in our Surface Access Proposals in the Airport Expansion Consultation, we want to:
- We want to ensure passengers can make the most of existing public transport;
- Maximise the benefit of committed improvements to the public transport network; and
- Support the development of new routes to the airport.
Existing bus and coach routes will be improved and new connections developed, including 24-hour buses. New direct coach routes we are exploring include Canterbury and Maidstone, and Peterborough, alongside potential extensions of services to Liverpool.
The number of passengers taking public transport from 2013 is currently expected to double from 18 million to around 40 million passenger journeys by 2030.
New public transport infrastructure such as Crossrail, HS2, upgrades to the Piccadilly Line, and the proposed Western Rail Access and Southern Rail Access will enable millions more people to reach the airport once the new runway is complete and dramatically reduce journey times. If all of these improvements are delivered, by 2030, 44% of Britain’s population will be within 3 hours of the airport. Passengers boarding a train at Sheffield or Manchester, for example, could be checking in for their flight at Heathrow within 90 minutes.
Connecting Heathrow: North, South, East, and West
Under Expansion, at least half of all passenger journeys to the airport will be made by public transport by 2030:
- Crossrail will link Heathrow to the City of London, Canary Wharf and East London
- The proposed Western Rail Link is expected to provide faster services via Reading to the West of England and Wales
- HS2 rail will provide fast routes to Heathrow from the Midlands and North via Old Oak Common
- Upgrades to the Piccadilly Line will increase the frequency of services by three trains per hour
- Proposed Southern Rail Access could connect Heathrow to Waterloo, Clapham Junction and the South East of England
- Britain’s busiest bus and coach interchange, located at Heathrow’s Central Terminal Area, will enable passengers to easily connect onto bus and coach services to destinations across the UK.
Rail journey calculator
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