Local benefits

Upgraded surface access

Over the next few years, transport links to Heathrow will be transformed. This will be a real opportunity to reduce congestion on local roads and improve bus and rail links for local residents.


Between now and 2032, a range of improvements will be delivered to make it easier and quicker to get to Heathrow by rail. It’s estimated that the number of trains per hour to Heathrow will double, and seat capacity will almost treble with these upgrades.


Upgrades include:

Crossrail: In 2019, Crossrail will provide direct access through London to the City and Canary Wharf with much of East London within a 60-minute catchment area for Heathrow. This will provide direct rail services to more of London as well as onward connections through key interchanges like Farringdon and Liverpool Street.

Western Rail access: Providing fast direct access to Heathrow by 2024 for passengers from Slough, Reading and the Thames Valley and further improve journey times to the South West and South Wales. Network Rail consulted on this proposal in 2016. Network Rail expects to submit its Development Consent Order application for the Western Rail Link in 2017 with new services planned to commence from 2024.

HS2: By 2032, Heathrow will be connected to the High Speed Rail network via a new passenger interchange at Old Oak Common providing fast access to the Midlands and improved connectivity to Northern England and Scotland.

Piccadilly Line upgrades: TfL plan to deliver improved frequency and faster journey times, including brand new trains and a new signalling system.

Southern Rail access: This project would improve connectivity between Heathrow and South London, Surrey, Hampshire and the South Coast, anticipated from 2030.

Bus and coach

Heathrow is already the UK’s busiest bus and coach station. 31 bus routes currently serve Heathrow at a frequency of around 80 buses per hour. This includes 13 routes that provide early morning or 24-hour services.

With expansion, over the next 15 years, existing routes will be improved and new connections developed, including an increase in bus routes and 24-hour buses, funded in part by Heathrow. These measures are expected to increase passenger use of buses from 6.1 million in 2013 to 8.5 million annual journeys by 2030.

Heathrow has invested over £25 million on projects to increase public transport use and reduce traffic over the past 10 years. In 2015, Heathrow made an additional £1m available to unlock ideas for new public transport schemes from Local Authorities surrounding the airport, and supported this with technical expertise and knowledge to make funded projects happen.

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