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Due to planned engineering works and industrial action, there will be disruption to rail and London Underground services between Heathrow and Central London between Saturday 30 September and Friday 6 October 2023.
Over this period, there will be disruption to Heathrow Express and Piccadilly line services. The Elizabeth line will be operating as normal, and inter-terminal transfer services between all terminals will also be completed by these services.
Passengers should plan their journeys before travelling, and allow for additional time where necessary as services will be busier than normal.
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.
Heathrow has successfully pitched two forward-thinking ideas to Innovate UK’s Future Flight Challenge. The win gives the airport the opportunity to research new ground-breaking concepts that, in future, could help to reduce emissions, cut costs and make the airport more efficient as the industry works to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
The two successful projects being researched by Heathrow are:
Both projects are closely aligned with the Prime Minister’s key ambitions. The efficient use of airspace is vital for creating the trade opportunities needed to make Global Britain a reality. Autonomous drones and net zero regional flight could support ambitions to level up every corner of the country by connecting more of the UK’s regions to global growth, all while delivering on the industry’s commitment to build back better.
The Future Flight Challenge, funded through £125 million of government grants, has three overarching objectives, safeguarding the UK’s advantage in aerospace research and development, reducing aviation emissions and creating economic opportunities from new forms of air mobility. Heathrow’s two projects have progressed to this stage of the challenge as they show the potential to deliver on all three fronts.
Heathrow has kicked-off the first stage of the research of these concepts, which is set to take place through till early 2022. The next phase will see live demonstrations of the concepts in action with the long-term aim of wider adoption across the aviation industry. The hub airport is working with several groups across a number of sectors to bring this challenge to life including Oxford University, Cranfield University, Kings College London, NATS, SITA, Rolls Royce, University of Southampton, Deloitte, UCL, London City Airport and Highlands and Islands Airports.
The challenge brings together established leaders in aviation, academics and SMEs and the tech industry to research the use of drones, air mobility, air traffic management as well as infrastructure innovation.
This research, which kicks off in the same year that the UK is due to host the COP26 Climate Change Conference, is just one example of the work that Heathrow is doing to decarbonise aviation, enabling further passenger growth while supporting sustainability targets. The airport was one of the first businesses to sign up to the Terra Carta, a Sustainable Markets Initiative created by HRH, The Prince of Wales. Heathrow is also on the Build Back Better business council, an initiative launched by Boris Johnson to unlock investment, boost job creation and level up the whole of the UK. The hub airport is keen to lead aviation’s green revolution, by becoming a global hub for technological advancement and encouraging the use and production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels, a clean alternative to traditional fossil fuels.
"The Future Flight Challenge has come at a critical time for the country and our industry. We’re proud to be driving forward with these disruptive initiatives in the year that the UK hosts COP26 and our industry builds back better."
Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow has always served as a testbed for ground-breaking green technologies. These concepts go further than ever before, with the potential to transform the role that aviation plays in Britain’s economy. The Future Flight Challenge has come at a critical time for the country and our industry. We’re proud to be driving forward with these disruptive initiatives in the year that the UK hosts COP26 and our industry builds back better, as we work to recover from the devastating impacts of this pandemic.”
Minister for Business, Paul Scully, said: “We’re investing in ambitious projects, like Heathrow’s development of a blueprint for zero-carbon regional air travel, to ensure the aviation industry is championing the latest cutting-edge technology.
“Pioneering research supported by government funding will help the UK build back greener from the pandemic, remain at the forefront of aerospace research and development, and demonstrate global leadership in the next aviation revolution. I look forward to seeing such proposals take flight.”
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