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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Repairs to our southern runway are due to be complete ahead of schedule and we are expecting this to be completed by Saturday 3 October at 07:00. We will, therefore, return to normal runway operations from this time, as published in our runway alternation schedule.

We were only able to operate from the northern runway during certain time periods while the repair works were completed. We appreciate this may have caused disruption for some local communities, however, by undertaking the repairs while flight volumes were significantly lower than normal we have been able to carry them out in the fastest and most efficient way. This should minimise unplanned repairs in the future, causing less disruption to both our operations and local communities.

Approximately every 10 years, full-length resurfacing works take place on each runway - the last time this was carried out to the southern runway was in 2013. The next resurfacing works for the southern runway are planned for 2022/23 and these works will now be simplified as a result of the repairs carried out this year.

The following videos explain more about the runway repairs.

Repairs explained – Part 1

Repairs explained – Part 2

Our southern runway repairs team
Phase 1 – full closure of the southern runway 

In the first phase, from 13 July to 2 August 2020, the southern runway was fully closed (day and night) so that we could carry out more extensive repairs that require deeper excavation. During this period, only the northern runway was in operation.

Because of the length of time required to carry out this type of repair, it was not possible to carry out these repairs overnight as we have done for previous runway maintenance, such as routine runway resurfacing or the works in Phase 2.

Phase 2 – overnight closure of the southern runway

In the second phase, from 2 August 2020 to 3 October, the works continued overnight from Monday to Friday 8pm - 7am, but both runways were in use during the day and on Saturday and Sunday nights. During this period, we followed the published runway alternation schedule. At 8pm each evening, the southern runway was closed until 7am the following morning - meaning the northern runway was the only runway in use during that time. During phase 2 the repairs were less extensive so there was enough time to carry out the repairs overnight and have the southern runway serviceable again by the next morning. The works were paused from 22 August at 7am until 1 September at 8pm to allow us to transition to the next stage of the works.

We would like to assure you that Heathrow remains committed to finding ways to reduce the impact of our operations, working closely with our local residents and industry partners such as our airlines and NATS air traffic controllers.