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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Runway midnight marathon

Heathrow holds runway midnight marathon and raises over £30000.

Runway midnight marathon
By Heathrow
Ever wanted to run down a Heathrow Airport runway? Over 390 airport workers took that chance on Saturday night as part of the Heathrow Midnight Marathon – raising over £30,000 in the process.

Beginning at 12.30am, the event consisted of 12-person relay teams as well as a separate fun runners section. Each relay member was required to complete a 2.2 mile stretch of the northern runway within a 16 minute maximum time limit, before handing over to the next team member.

The £30,000, and rising, raised from the event will be divided between four charity groups – Oxfam, Help for Heroes, British Airway’s Flying Start and the Heathrow Community Fund.

The relay marathon is believed to be only the 2nd time that Heathrow has held a running event on the runway in its history.

Runners from across the airport and the fastest time

Staff from Heathrow, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, Heathrow Hotel, UK Border Agency and the MET Police took part in the event, with the winning team, members from Heathrow’s development section, coming home in a time of 3 hours and 4 minutes.

Fred Tasker, part of Heathrow’s operational strategy and planning department, lit up the runway to be the fastest runner of the night – completing the 2.2 miles in a blistering 11 minutes 30 seconds.

Two runners from each team were required to be running at each time, one in each direction, to further reduce the amount of time event equipment was required on the runway.

The fun wasn’t just on the runway…

Our runners were kept entertained during the night by the HAL-Tones band – made up of Heathrow staff including lead singer, the self-titled “Sheriff of Heathrow”, Airport Operations Manager Anuj Bhardwaj, who featured recently on ITV’s Britain’s Busiest Airport – Heathrow.

A run with unique challenges

Setting up a charity run on one of Europe’s busiest runways was no easy task for our event organisers. Due to the need to keep the runway operational for the last night-time flights (circa 11.30pm) and have it back operational by 4.30am – the entire event, including set-up and clean up, had to take place within a narrow window of three hours.

Given the strict time and security regulations that had to be observed, the event would not have been possible without the great contributions of not only a number of Heathrow staff but also a number of other companies.

Following the event, the event equipment (timing gates etc) was removed from the runway and a full runway scan was conducted to ensure no objects were left on the runway and safe operations could resume on the runway in time for the first arrivals.