The Anonymous Widower

Heathrow Congestion Charge Is Expected To Raise £1.2bn A Year

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

This is the first paragraph.

Heathrow airport could make £1.2 billion a year from a congestion charge levied on drivers arriving at the airport by car, according to analysis.

The article also says.

  • The charge will start when the third runway opens.
  • The charge will be levied on all cars, even the cleanest.

It is designed to encourage drivers to use public transport, like buses, coaches and trains.

I don’t believe that you can force a lot of passengers to give up their cars, when going to the Airport,. But then for the sake of the planet, they must give up their diesel 4x4s and large cars.

As a non-driver and almost a non-flyer, I’m not affected!

September 23, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. So they basically have no incentive to support the southern access to Heathrow by rail. The money should not go to the airport operator but be used to fund transport projects.

    Comment by Kevin Roche | September 23, 2019 | Reply

    • Heathrow Southern Railway will be privately funded, if it goes ahead. It will make its return by charging trains to run to and through the Airport just like Network Rail does. Heathrow don’t seem to be keen on supporting any infrastructure unlike Gatwick. They seem to be stuck in a 1950s mindset! But people like Willie Walsh from IAG who own BA and Iberia are also very critical of Heathrow! If Boris sticks to the promise he made as Mayor of London, Heathrow could be in line for a big shock!
      You only have to look at how the charges they wanted to levy on Crossrail serving the Airport, so they would protect the overpriced Heathrow Express. Something forced them to back down on that, when you think they would have embraced it with open arms, as it connects Heathrow to the West End, City and Canary Wharf.
      Heathrow Southern Railway converts Heathrow Express into a high-quality Heathrow Crossrail linking Basingstoke, Guildford and Woking with Paddington. But they don’t need money, although Heathrow’s blessing and cooperation would help!

      Comment by AnonW | September 23, 2019 | Reply

  2. What about those who need to use a minicab to get to and from the airport?

    Comment by mauricegreed | September 23, 2019 | Reply

    • You never know with Heathrow, but I suspect they’d make an exception for electric black cabs!

      The Times has a hard-hitting leader on the subject today. This is the last paragraph.

      If Britain is to have any chance of meeting its targets on greenhouse gas emissions or reaching World Health Organisation air quality standards, it will need to invest far more in public transport. Until the government and Heathrow back proposals for new rail lines, their pledges to ensure no extra cars on the road are just hot air.

      Comment by AnonW | September 23, 2019 | Reply


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