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Heathrow launches Surface Access Strategy

16:49 29 August in News

As part of its plans to protect the benefits of aviation, while simultaneously addressing the climate threat, Heathrow has released its Surface Access Strategy (SAS). The strategy sets out the surface access targets, aspirations and proposals of the airport for the next five years. The airports targets include:

Achieve a passenger public transport mode share of 45% (compared to a 2019 baseline of 40%), by focusing on providing improved connections and facilities such as Elizabeth line integration, Heathrow Express, introducing new park and ride options, passenger car parking, building awareness of other options, such as public transport connections and making it easier to buy public transport tickets, and managing demand for other modes through terminal Drop-Off Charges, Transport for London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone and implementing taxi and PHV demand management strategies and backfilling.

Achieve a colleague single-occupancy-car mode share of 57% by 2026 (compared to a 2017 baseline of 62%), by utilising the Sustainable Travel Zone (STZ), which will deliver multi-modal improvements covering rail, tube, bus and coach services and active travel. The improvements for active travel include Cycle Routes/Cycle Parking, implement safe and direct active travel routes on campus, improve active travel routes to and from the airport, secure cycle parking, cycle hire, Heathrow Cycle Hub. Building awareness of other options includes communications and Way2Go campaign and incentivisation as well as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Heathrow Travel Wallet. Managing demand for other modes includes a car parking strategy and HR policies.

Reduce surface access carbon emissions by 49% by 2030 (compared to a 2021 baseline of 747,879tCO2) as set out in Heathrow 2.0 and our Net Zero Plan, by working with local communities, increasing cargo collaboration, and delivering a ‘Truck Call Forward’ initiative which will reduce congestion at the Cargo Centre and on the local road network.

Expand the catchment area to bring 25% more people within a 1.5-hour public transport journey time of Heathrow, and to increase the 3-hour catchment population by 12% – both by 2026.

To successfully deliver and implement the SAS, Heathrow outlines that it will engage and consult with key stakeholders, such as HATF, National Highways, DfT, Transport for London, local authorities, and bus and coach operators. The airport will report on the progress of the SAS by undertaking its own colleague surveys, as well as Passenger Profiler surveys. Data on the progress of the public transport catchment goal will be assessed using Geographical Information Systems to analyse General Transit Feed Specification data, coach and rail stop data and Office for National Statistics population data.

To find out more about the Surface Access Strategy, please click here