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Heathrow loses Crossrail access charge court case - a victory for common sense

26 May 2017

Reacting to the news today that Heathrow airport has lost its court case against Crossrail, Campaign for Better Transport said that this was a victory for common sense and urged the airport to put its money where its mouth is. 

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"Heathrow keep going on about wanting more people to get to the airport by public transport, but in this case they've been actively trying to impose high charges that would prevent this. If Heathrow take this approach on the third runway, where the access costs could be up to £18bn, that on its own should be enough to get the whole project rejected. 

“The next Government needs to be clear with Heathrow that they have to pay for improved access rather than seeking handouts from taxpayers and high fares from users."

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For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or Richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

- TfL estimates the overall bill for road and rail improvements which would be needed to cope with the opening of a third runway at Heathrow would top £18.2 billion. Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye told the Environmental Audit Select Committee that Heathrow would only be prepared to pay £1.1 billion towards improved road and rail access. That would leave a £17 billion funding gap.

- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).