The Anonymous Widower

Did Heathrow Back Down?

This article on the BBC is entitled New Elizabeth Line to serve Heathrow’s Terminal 5

A few months ago Heathrow was wanting to charge Crossrail an extortionate price for access to Heathrow and it was also holding out from allowing Crossrail to reach Terminal Five.

They tried all legal means to get Crossrail to cough up for the access to Heathrow, but no court found in their favour. And that includes the most important court of all; the Court of Public Opinion. Many, and Londoners in particular, look upon Heathrow Airports as a greedy bully and perhaps Heathrow decided this was a fight they couldn’t win.

So their only bargaining chip left was Terminal Five and perhaps British Airways had a quiet word.

Passengers complaining about being ripped off by Heathrow Express wouldn’t complain to Heathrow, but to British Airways.

July 4, 2017 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. and of course HAL is rather keen for as smooth a ride as practicable for their third runway. A messy row about them ruthlessly exploiting their artificial monopoly at the expense of users would not go down well.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | July 5, 2017 | Reply

  2. Especially, as Gatwick is doing all it can to be customer friendly and will probably be building a new runway soon, at no cost to the tax-payer.

    Both Manchester and Birmingham Airports seem to be following Gatwick’s model of an airport with a massive rail hub.

    Soon you’ll need to go to Accra and your booking app will give you the fastest and cheapest route, which might be rather unsuspected.

    Heathrow’s philosophy is 1980s thinking and it is so outdated.

    Comment by AnonW | July 5, 2017 | Reply

  3. […] In Did Heathrow Back Down?, I reported on how Heathrow Airport lost a fight with TfL over Crossrail’s access to the Airport. […]

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