Park And Ride Coming To London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

London Heathrow Airport (LHR), renowned as one of the busiest and most advanced airports globally, is preparing to construct a new Park and Ride facility at a currently vacant Colnbrook site in Slough. According to a BBC report, this initiative is driven by the airport’s aim to exempt its staff from commuter charges and ease parking expenses.

LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 2018: Eurowings jet taking off from London Heathrow Airport with the control tower in the background
Eurowings jet taking off from London Heathrow Airport with the control tower in the background. © CeriBreeze on Depositphotos

A Solution For London Heathrow Airport: Park And Ride Facility

Since 29th August 2023, all vehicles entering London Heathrow Airport must comply with the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which entails a daily charge of £12.5 ($15.50) if they do not meet certain requirements. In addition to this fee, there might be other entrance fees or charges at the airport. Among the 10,000 employees at Heathrow Airport, 13% own vehicles not compliant with ULEZ standards, with 5,000 of these employees residing outside of Greater London.

London Heathrow Airport has submitted an application seeking permission to use the Colnbrook site for three years. The proposed facility would feature 961 spaces to alleviate the financial burden of daily parking fees for airport staff. Heathrow envisions that, within three years, its employees will have the opportunity to explore alternative transportation options.

People walking inside terminal of Heathrow Airport, the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic.
People walk inside a terminal of Heathrow Airport, the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic. © pio3 on Depositphotos

LHR Summer Triumph 2023

London Heathrow experienced substantial growth in passenger traffic during the summer season. In July 2023, Heathrow handled 7.6 million passengers, marking a remarkable year-over-year increase of 21.4% compared to July 2022.

In response to the positive passenger traffic results, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“I am very proud of the way that everyone at Heathrow has been working together to deliver excellent service at our busiest time of year. Summer at Heathrow is all about family holidays and we are ready to make sure yours gets off to a great start.”

Heathrow Airport witnessed a notable surge in popularity among travellers heading to European summer destinations and long-haul favourites like New York. Particularly noteworthy was the record-breaking month for routes to Turkey, with 73,000 passengers travelling there. Heathrow also reported robust performance on flights to Gibraltar, Italy, and Portugal.

The introduction of a new Park and Ride facility exemplifies Heathrow Airport’s progressive approach towards enhancing the satisfaction of its staff. By prioritizing convenience, tackling traffic congestion, promoting sustainability, and preparing for future growth, the airport is poised to cater to the evolving needs of both travellers and employees.

What do you think of these plans for a new Park and Ride facility at Heathrow Airport? Will you use it when it is open? Let us know in the comments!

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