ULEZ expansion - 29 August 2023

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, is expanding to encompass all of Greater London, including Heathrow Airport, from the 29 August 2023.


The initiative, implemented by Transport for London (TfL), is aimed at reducing air pollution in London, therefore all vehicles entering the airport must meet certain emissions standards in order to avoid paying a daily charge.


The daily charge for non-compliant vehicles is £12.50 for most vehicles, including cars, vans, and motorcycles.


The charge will be in addition to any other fees or charges associated with entering the airport. The charge only applies when a vehicle is driven within the ULEZ zone, and does not apply to stationary vehicles including when cars are parked at Heathrow.


Please note, if you have booked Meet & Greet or Valet Parking with a non-compliant vehicle, and have selected a different exit terminal to your entry terminal, you will be liable for payment of a ULEZ charge to transfer your vehicle to another terminal.

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In December 2020, the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal in February 2020, reinstating the Airport National Policy Statement (ANPS). The judgment confirms that Government policy in the ANPS is lawful and that the Government properly considered the Paris Climate Change Agreement as part of the policy. It also makes clear that up-to-date climate obligations will be considered as part of the robust planning process that would apply to any proposals for Heathrow expansion. 


Following the Supreme Court's unanimous decision to legally re-instate the Airport National Policy Statement as Government policy, Heathrow is now reflecting on the judgment to work out our next steps, ensuring that our recovery from COVID-19 is prioritised. 

Our priority remains focusing on securing a recovery for the airport from COVID-19. As such we are reflecting on the judgment and considering next steps whilst engaging with a variety of stakeholders. 

Demand of aviation will recover from COVID-19, and the additional capacity at an expanded Heathrow will allow Britain as a sovereign nation to compete more effectively. Expansion would help the Government's ambitions for Global Britain to become a reality. By expanding Heathrow, the UK's only hub airport, we would be able to connect all of Britain to the growing markets of the world, levelling up all of the UK by helping to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in every nation and region of the country. 

We remain committed to developing Heathrow responsibly and sustainably, with a focus on the wellbeing of our communities and the environment. 

Heathrow has already committed to being carbon net zero by 2050. The Government has also made decarbonising aviation a central part of its green growth agenda, through wider use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel as well as new technology. 

Our commitment to meeting air quality targets also means that additional capacity would only be released when it is clear that the airport's direct contribution would not materially delay compliance with the UK's legal air quality obligations. 

If you would like more information on our expansion plans, please visit out Expansion Document Hub