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Heathrow "can’t have it both ways" as Crossrail row reaches High Court

22 May 2017

Responding to news that Heathrow Airport wants to charge Crossrail £42 million a year to run trains into the airport when the new Elizabeth line opens, Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport’s chief exec, said:

“Heathrow can’t have it both ways. Increasing public transport is integral to ensuring the airport cuts pollution and meets air quality targets. This case shows Heathrow is making promises to deliver but isn’t prepared to pay their share of the associated costs. This doesn’t bode well for Heathrow’s commitment to pay for surface access costs for a new third runway, which could top £18 billion, and means taxpayers could be left footing the bill.”

The Office of Road of Rail Regulation ruled that Heathrow could not charge Crossrail to recoup the historical costs of building the Heathrow Express spur, which the new Elizabeth line will use. Heathrow is challenging that decision in the High Court. A judgment is expected shortly.


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. 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.
  2. 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).