Local overview – Our transport proposals

We recognise that an expanded Heathrow will increase the number of people travelling to, from, and around the airport. We will promote and increase the use of public transport, and encourage people who do drive to use cleaner cars.

As we improve access to the airport, we want to ensure that local residents benefit from these improvements.

We have pledged that overall the expanded airport will not attract more traffic than it does today. Our transport proposals will ensure:

  • By 2030 at least half of all passenger journeys to the airport will be made by public transport.
  • By 2040 we will have halved the number of car trips made by Heathrow staff, compared to 2013. To do this we need to get more people who work at Heathrow to walk and cycle to the airport, and increase the proportion of trips made by public transport.

We will encourage people not to drive to the airport

We will introduce measures to manage traffic, congestion, and emissions. We are proposing to introduce a Heathrow equivalent to the London Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2022: a charge for passengers using more polluting vehicles to get to and from the airport. From the opening of the new runway, an access charge would then apply to all passengers who travel by car to terminals and airport car parks (with some exceptions). The charge would not apply to cars travelling outside of the airport. This charge would further deter people from making private vehicle trips on local roads when coming to and from the airport.

We will introduce faster, more frequent bus services that start earlier and finish later. We will also introduce new services and provide direct, easy connections to coach, rail and underground services. This will give people in the local area better access to the airport, and to London and destinations in the wider south-east. You can read more in the Surface Access Proposals section of this website.