Heathrow has today (6th July 2015) published a five point plan to improve the public transport network around the airport.
Heathrow is the UK’s best-connected transport hub. It has the UK’s only dedicated non-stop express airport rail-link, free travel zone, it contains the UK’s busiest bus and coach station, and it’s the only airport with London Underground stations.
Over the last 25 years, passenger numbers have risen by almost 80% but airport related road traffic has remained broadly static. The number of passengers using public transport every year has nearly doubled from 10 million to 19 million and as such Heathrow has committed to going further to improve public transport in order to get more passengers and the 76,000 airport staff using these services over the next eighteen months and beyond.
The plan includes:
1. Make public transport easier and more attractive for passengers
This includes things like better onward travel, new coach routes and making the Heathrow Express more attractive by making it easier to pay for tickets and inviting children to travel for free.
2. Ensure major rail projects are prioritised and delivered
Heathrow has committed to continued support of Network Rail to deliver Western Rail Link to Heathrow which would enable 1 million passengers in the Reading and Slough area a quick, reliable and car-free connection to Heathrow.
3. Welcome more public transport services
Many people need to access the airport at night including airport staff arriving for early shifts and passengers for the first flights out in the mornings. Heathrow will work with Transport for London to introduce a 24-hour tube and bus service between West London and the airport.
4. Make it easier for airport employees to choose public transport
Make is easier for the 76,000 Heathrow employees to get to and from work, educating them on available transport options such as car-sharing, public transport discounts and encouraging employees to cycle to and from work.
5. Help local authorities deliver their local transport priorities
Over the past ten years, Heathrow has spent over £25 million on projects to increase public transport use and reduce car dependency. Heathrow will work with local authorities to deliver and make available £1 million to help them unlock potential schemes to reduce emissions. The work with local authorities will also include working on a new plan to make sure that minicabs limit their impact on the local community.
“Heathrow is already the UK’s best connected transport hub. We have the UK’s biggest bus and coach station, the Piccadilly line and Heathrow Express.Over 40% of passengers come to the airport by public transport today.With this plan we can take more cars off the road and make it easier for people to access the UK’s only Hub airport.” John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow Airport
Download the full blueprint, here (PDF – 2mb).
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