Heathrow is the UK’s best-connected transport hub, with one of the busiest bus and coach stations and the only 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
New public transport infrastructure such as Crossrail, HS2, upgrades to the Piccadilly Line, and the proposed Western Rail Access and Southern Rail Access have the capacity to treble Heathrow’s rail capacity by 2040 and enable 30 million more passengers to use public transport.
Existing bus and coach routes will be improved and new connections developed, including 24-hour buses.
The number of passengers taking public transport from 2013 is currently expected to double from 18 million to almost 35 million passenger journeys by 2030.
New rail improvements 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, 70% of Britain’s population will be within three 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.
By 2032, public transport journey times to the airport will be transformed across the country.
Connecting Heathrow: North, South, East, and West
Over half of all 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 reduce journey times for tube passengers
- 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.
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