Heathrow is Europe's largest airport. In 1994, there were 51 million passenger trips of which 30% were air transfers. 44 million trips were on international flights making Heathrow the largest international airport in the world. Heathrow is well served by the UK strategic road network being at the crossing of the M4 and M25 and is well served by the London Underground network with three Piccadilly Line stations on the airport. Heathrow's facilities handle more bus and coach passengers than any other bus and coach station in the UK and, in total, the proportion of air passengers using public ground transport, 33%, is one of the highest of any major airport in Europe. The missing link is a connection to the main line rail network but this is to be remedied in a couple of year's time by the completion of the Heathrow Express rail link enabling dedicated non-stop trains every 15 minutes to connect two Heathrow stations to Paddington. Applications to extend both the Heathrow Express and Piccadilly Line to the proposed Terminal 5 have also been made and are being considered by the public inquiry. Safeguarding for further potential rail improvements is included in both the initial Heathrow Express and the extensions. BAA's rail strategy then considers what further services and links could be added to provide connections to other parts of the rail network. Extensions to the west and south would be possible and additional services towards the east might also be worthwhile. BAA's policy is not to preclude any sensible alternative and to act as catalyst to bring together parties who can fund, build and operate rail services. At Heathrow, the long term vision is of an integrated intermodal interchange where air passengers can enjoy high quality access to rail and other modes as part of a twenty first century airport fulfilling its role as the UK's principle gateway. For the covering abstract see IRRD 879900.


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  • Accession Number: 00724094
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-286-4
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1996 12:00AM