Heathrow rail disruption: 1-9 October

Due to planned industrial action, public transport to and from Heathrow will be disrupted from 1 October - 9 October. Please plan your journey in advance and ensure you leave enough time to get to the airport as roads may be busier than normal.

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  • The Airports Commission explained


    In September 2012 the Airports Commission was set up by the Government to examine the need for additional UK airport capacity and to make recommendations on how this could be met in the short, medium and long term. In July 2013 we submitted our proposals for a new runway at Heathrow airport.

    After a north-west third runway proposal was shortlisted in The Commissions December 2013 interim report, Heathrow consulted with stakeholders across the UK to improve it. In line with The Commission process, we submitted a revised plan in May for a north-west third runway which addressed the issues raised during our consultation.

    On 25 October 2016, the Government confirmed that Heathrow is its preferred option for expansion of airport capacity in the South East.


    • September 2012

      The Airports Commission is established by the Government to examine how the UK's status as a leading global aviation hub can be maintained.

    • July 2013

      Heathrow submits initial proposals (A New Approach) to the Airports Commission.

    • December 2013

      Heathrow, Gatwick and Heathrow Hub proposals shortlisted by the Airports Commission. A commitment is given to undertake further studies on the feasibility of a Thames Estuary airport.

    • February - March 2014

      Heathrow runs a six-week local consultation exercise to inform the updated proposal.

    • May 2014

      Heathrow publishes and submits revised proposal (Taking Britain Further) to the Airports Commission.

    • July 2014

      Heathrow runs a 12 week consultation to allow communities to shape potential compensation package.

    • November 2014

      The Airports Commission runs a national consultation on the final shortlisted options.

    • Summer 2015

      The Airports Commission presented its final recommendation – Heathrow expansion - to the Government.

    • October 2016

      On 25 October 2016, the Government confirmed that Heathrow is its preferred option for expansion of airport capacity in the South East.

    Local community

    Find out what happens next and what expansion means for you

    Contact Community Relations

    If you would like to know more about Heathrow’s new runway proposals, or would like to speak with a member of our Community Relations team, please call us on 0800 307 7996 or email communityrelations@heathrow.com.

    You can also contact us by post:

    Heathrow Community Relations
    The Compass Centre
    Nelson Road
    Hounslow,TW6 2GW