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Heathrow Airport

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Heathrow Airport - Latest news, articles and photos

Unbuilt London: Heathrow’s rail links to central London
Unbuilt London: Heathrow’s rail links to central London

Unbuilt London: Heathrow’s rail links to central London

Although Heathrow Airport has a couple of railway links to central London, they weren't necessarily the ones that we could have ended up with.

Feb
25
2018
Heathrow Junction – London’s short-lived railway station
Heathrow Junction – London’s short-lived railway station

Heathrow Junction – London’s short-lived railway station

In our modern age, it's almost impossible to believe that a railway station could open in London, and close just six months later, but that is what happened, in January 1998.

Jan
19
2018
Photos from the construction of the Piccadilly line extension
Photos from the construction of the Piccadilly line extension

Photos from the construction of the Piccadilly line extension

We recently marked the 40th anniversary of the Piccadilly line extension to Heathrow Airport, so here are some photos of its construction.

Dec
22
2017
40 years of Flying the Tube to Heathrow Airport
40 years of Flying the Tube to Heathrow Airport

40 years of Flying the Tube to Heathrow Airport

Forty years ago, a world first occurred, as the first ever underground rail link between an airport and a city opened -- and it was in London.

Dec
16
2017
Elizabeth line gets an extension to Heathrow Terminal 5
Elizabeth line gets an extension to Heathrow Terminal 5

Elizabeth line gets an extension to Heathrow Terminal 5

The future Elizabeth line, which was already due to call at Heathrow Airport's Terminals 2 and 4 from next May, is to add Terminal 5 to the list, but not until December 2019.

Jul
04
2017
Play with a real Boeing 737 flight simulator this weekend
Play with a real Boeing 737 flight simulator this weekend

Play with a real Boeing 737 flight simulator this weekend

A bit of a publicity thing, but there's a chance to fly a full scale Boeing 737 flight simulator this weekend - for free.

Apr
05
2017
The lost “Roman Camp” underneath Heathrow’s runway
The lost “Roman Camp” underneath Heathrow’s runway

The lost “Roman Camp” underneath Heathrow’s runway

Underneath one of Heathrow Airport's runways, the remains of a so-called Early Iron Age, British dwelling, known figuratively, if inaccurately as Caesar's Camp.

Mar
27
2017
The time when Routemaster buses came with luggage trailers
The time when Routemaster buses came with luggage trailers

The time when Routemaster buses came with luggage trailers

When airports were young, and terminal buildings younger, there was an experiment with airport terminals being built in the centre of London.

Oct
03
2016
Unbuilt London: The High-Speed Railplane Monorail
Unbuilt London: The High-Speed Railplane Monorail

Unbuilt London: The High-Speed Railplane Monorail

Is it a plane? Is it a train? No, it's Railplace! Racing above the streets of London carrying passengers from city centre to airports, to Brighton, to Glasgow, all at unbelievable speeds.

Jun
19
2016
Unbuilt London: Heathrow Airport’s High-Speed Monorail
Unbuilt London: Heathrow Airport’s High-Speed Monorail

Unbuilt London: Heathrow Airport’s High-Speed Monorail

Back when London was surrounded by more green and had just one airport, a radical scheme was cooked up for a high-speed monorail linking the city to the airport.

Jul
26
2015
Unused station platforms could be opened for Heathrow rail link
Unused station platforms could be opened for Heathrow rail link

Unused station platforms could be opened for Heathrow rail link

Two unused platforms at an underground station could come into use, if a proposed new rail link to Heathrow Airport is approved.

Feb
07
2015
Photos from Crossrail’s huge Stockley flyover
Photos from Crossrail’s huge Stockley flyover

Photos from Crossrail’s huge Stockley flyover

While much of the Crossrail works are understandably focused on the tunnels under London, there are some significant upgrades being carried out on existing railways as well -- such as the Stockley Flyover in west London.

Dec
20
2014
Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train
Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train

Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train

Early this morning, some 50 people were evacuated from a Heathrow Express train that had broken down and got stuck in the tunnel near the airport.

Sep
26
2014

How to visit Heathrow Terminal 2 before it opens to the public

Fancy being an airport guinea-pig for a day? Heathrow is nearing the completion of the demolition and rebuilding of its Terminal 2 building, and like any large transport site that will be used by lots and lots of people, it helps to test if the human side of the facility works as planned.

Jul
13
2013
In which I discuss the future of Heathrow Airport…
In which I discuss the future of Heathrow Airport…

In which I discuss the future of Heathrow Airport…

This will be a controversial blog post - touching on a topic which is more political than practical - the future of airports in the South-East of the UK.

Feb
01
2013
Take a trip on a miniature steam railway near Heathrow
Take a trip on a miniature steam railway near Heathrow

Take a trip on a miniature steam railway near Heathrow

Slightly to the north of Heathrow Airport can be found a memory of an older form of transport – a miniature steam railway. Set in an orchard within a residential area, the Harlington Locomotive Society has been offering rides on

Oct
12
2012
A trip in Heathrow’s driverless transit system
A trip in Heathrow’s driverless transit system

A trip in Heathrow’s driverless transit system

A purpose-built private "railway" carrying passengers from the Business car park direct to the Terminal Building, and rather than a conventional multi-carriage train, give each user/family their own private carriage.

Aug
26
2012
Museums by Appointment – The British Airways Heritage Collection
Museums by Appointment – The British Airways Heritage Collection

Museums by Appointment – The British Airways Heritage Collection

The British Airways Heritage Collection is based at the airline's Head Office building and was formed to preserve the records and artefacts of British Airways predecessor companies: BOAC, BEA, BSAA and the pre-war Imperial Airways and the original British Airways Ltd.

Feb
07
2012

The year that you could catch a Helicopter from Waterloo Station

In the days before the Piccadilly Line reached Heathrow Airport how would a person of means in Central London get to the airport if they didn't want to use the roads?

Feb
03
2012

Heathrow North – a Radical Suggestion

Anyone familiar with flying will be aware that Heathrow is suffering considerable congestion – not just at the terminals themselves, but more seriously in the air as well. Problems ground-side will hopefully subside somewhat when Terminal 5 opens next year

Sep
25
2007