14 MARCH 2016
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Tucked away in the mass of paperwork concerning Heathrow Airport Ltd plans for a new northwest runway is a scheme to include a new southern access road to the T2/T3 Central Area from the Great South West Road.
This will dramatically reduce traffic not only for the existing tunnel from the Bath Road and M4, but also the access routes to the Central Area from the south. New technology will quickly eliminate drivers trying to use the tunnel as a short cut in both directions with a penalty possibly being imposed for use more than twice a day. Legitimate vehicles would be authorised.
Chris Joyce, Heathrow Head of Surface Access said: “Heathrow’s expansion plans will allow once-in-a-generation opportunity to address issues affecting our local communities, including better transport. A new southern access road will not only increase the airport's resilience to disruptions and improve passengers’ journeys, but also help Heathrow to reduce airport-related traffic and emissions on the M4 and A4 by offering an alternative route from the south. At the same time, we have a plan in place to get people out of their cars and reduce the airport’s impact on local air quality by increasing public transport options with new rail lines connecting Heathrow to the north, south, east and west." www.heathrow.com
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