Rail disruption - 4 & 8 October 2023

Due to planned industrial action and engineering works, there will be disruption to rail and London Underground services between Heathrow and Central London on Wednesday 4 and Sunday 8 October 2023.


Over this period, there will be disruption to Heathrow Express and Elizabeth line services


Please note, the London Underground (Tube) strikes that would have affected the Piccadilly line on Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 October 2023 have now been suspended, and the Piccadilly line will be running as normal throughout this period. 


Passengers should plan their journeys before travelling, and allow for additional time where necessary as services will be busier than normal.

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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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It has been nearly 2 years since I started working for Heathrow Airport on the Graduate Programme as part of the Procurement department. During this time Heathrow has been through dramatic changes from the 3rd runway judicial review to the emergence of the global pandemic. Both events have shaped my time at Heathrow and has continued to make Heathrow an exciting and interesting place to work.

The Procurement department has been central to helping Heathrow get through probably the toughest period in its history. Procurement has supported this through negotiating millions of pounds savings whilst supporting innovative projects to ensure that Heathrow can win back the recovery. Working from home has not been easy but the procurement team has made a conscious effort to ensure that the team continues to have a great atmosphere just as it did before the pandemic hit.

I have been able to play a part in the airport’s response to the pandemic throughout my time on the Procurement Graduate programme. Within each of my 5 placements, I had the opportunity to work on exciting projects. In Infrastructure Procurement I helped lead the commercial element of a multi-million-pound upgrade of some of our fire safety systems. This provided me with the opportunity to work with some of the biggest suppliers in the construction industry and walk along the roof of Terminal 4. I subsequently then worked in procurement teams supporting engineering, security, the contractual advice team as well as more recently the cyber and technology team. This provided me with the opportunity to work on projects from improving our social media systems, installing thousands of new lights, negotiating maintenance contracts for security systems, and advising on professional services agreements. This has meant that I have been able to work with stakeholders from legal, data protection, marketing, engineering, security technology and the customer service team and many more. Working on these interesting projects, with a variety of teams to ensure that Heathrow gets value for money, is what makes Heathrow a great place to work.
Whilst working on these projects, I have been able to gain a large amount of experience and skills from negotiating and stakeholder management, project planning and contract writing in addition to building an understanding of how to increase value. As well as learning ‘on the job’, the procurement team often provides ‘Lunch and Learns' to build an understanding of topics from IPR to data protection to the whole team which has been integral to my development. I have also been able to take the opportunity to learn more about the profession and develop my skills through taking exams in procurement, which will lead to a professional qualification (CIPS).   
As highlighted above the range of projects, teams, and development opportunities that you experience whilst working for Heathrow procurement is vast. It is for this reason that the graduate programme, is in no doubt, a great place to start your career.



Avi Kabrellian