Heathrow has today unveiled a new video animation that shows the world beneath Terminal 5 and Terminal 6 as it could look with expansion and rail upgrades. The airport is set to be connected by 5 different rail services by 2032, creating a seamlessly integrated transport hub.
Heathrow is already the most connected airport by public transport in the UK – featuring the TfL Piccadilly Line, Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect rail services, and the UK’s largest bus/coach interchange.
A number of planned and proposed rail projects are set to boost this even further in upcoming years – starting with a Crossrail connection (now known as The Elizabeth Line) in 2019.
Western Rail Access…
The proposed project will tunnel a link of 3.8km from a junction on the Great Western Main Line east of Langley, near Slough and will service four trains per hour between Reading and Heathrow.
This new Western Rail Link has strong support across a broad area of the UK for the benefits it will bring which include:
Lowering CO2 emissions to the equivalent of 30 million passenger road miles a year;
Easing congestion on roads by taking up to one million cars off the road each year;
Create direct rail connectivity to Heathrow from areas such as Slough and Reading;
Reduce rail journey times to Heathrow from areas as far west as Swansea, Wales.
The project is also set to create up to 42,000 new jobs and £800 million of economic benefit across the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. Find out more, here.
Southern Rail Access…
While a final route for Southern Rail Access, including to Heathrow, hasn’t been decided upon, Network Rail has recently confirmed there is a strong case for the project.
A route connecting Heathrow to south London and Surrey has the potential to connect 4.8 million passengers to Heathrow.
Heathrow’s Terminal 5 already has a safeguarded railway box for this future connection.
Find out more, here.
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