Heathrow Airport considers congestion charge to ease drop-off and pick-up traffic

Heathrow officials have revealed plans to introduce a congestion charge for travellers driving to the airport.

The airport – the UK’s busiest – is expected to tell the Airports Commission that there is a case for imposing the charge, once public transport links have been improved.

Airport bosses argue that the scheme would prevent a rise in traffic with a third runway at the airport.

Meanwhile, the charge will discourage drop-off and pick-up and will only apply only for those travelling to the airport, not to surrounding roads.

However, there could be exemptions for eco-friendly cars, as well as taxis and local residents.

Heathrow’s head of surface access, Simon Earles, said: “The idea is at an early stage and we will of course consult on these plans at the appropriate time.”

The news comes after Heathrow pledged to increase the percentage of passengers using public transport to more than 50% by 2030.

Plans for a Crossrail link to the City and East London are in the pipeline, as well as Piccadilly Line upgrades, new Western Rail Access for passengers from Slough, Reading and the Thames Valley, and the High Speed 2 connecting Heathrow via Old Oak Common to the Midlands and the North.


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