Our vision
Our vision

Our vision

The work on airport is only part of the transport transformation London and the UK will undertake with a third runway at Heathrow. Over 12 million people will be within 60 minutes of Heathrow thanks to a raft of planned improvements.

Our proposal compliments existing plans already in place to better connect Heathrow and the UK. This means that by the time a third runway is operational, new rail services to the north, east, south and west are due to be delivered.

By the time Heathrow expansion would be completed it’s expected:

  • Crossrail will link Heathrow to the City of London, Canary wharf and East London;
  • Western Rail Access will provide fast direct services to the West and South Wales;
  • HS2 rail, via Old Oak Common, will provide fast routes to Heathrow from the Midlands and the North;
  • Southern Rail Access will connect Heathrow to Waterloo and regions south of the airport;
  • The UK’s most popular bus and coach interchange, located at Heathrow, will get bigger and better too, connecting to five motorway networks.

By 2019, 12 million people will live within 60 minutes of Heathrow.

Key elements of our plan:


  • A new runway 3,500 metres long. This is long enough for even the largest aircraft (A380s) to operate on;
  • Capacity for up to 740,000 flight movements – enough to compete with Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Madrid;
  • The creation of two main terminals – Heathrow East and Heathrow West, with a “toast-rack” formation of satellite terminals;
  • At least 200,000 fewer people affected by significant noise thanks to a variety of mitigation measures and new technology;

More destinations, cheaper fares, quicker connections and more…

It’s estimated that expansion at Heathrow will create up to 40 new direct long-haul destinations, boosting tourism to the UK and trade opportunities for Britain.

For passengers, it’s not just the prospect of new destinations but also cheaper fares thanks to extra supply being created. With expansion, it’s estimated that the average return ticket price for passengers will be £300 cheaper than if Heathrow remains with only two runways.

Transfer connection times and facilities for passengers will also be improved – including a new Central Terminal Area with hotels and shops within minutes of arrivals.

While you’re here, why not check out more information on our vision, including:

Heathrow expansion brought to life with new CGI images…

Want to see more of what an expanded Heathrow will look like? See out new CGI images here.



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