|Heathrow Terminal 5|
|Location||Heathrow Terminal 5|
|Local authority||London Borough of Hillingdon|
|Managed by||Heathrow Express|
|Owner||Heathrow Airport Holdings|
|Number of platforms||4 (6 total)|
|Fare zone||6 (excluding Heathrow Express services)|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|Original company||Heathrow Airport Holdings|
|27 March 2008||Station opened|
|WGS84||51°28′20″N 0°29′17″W / 51.4723°N 0.488°WCoordinates: 51°28′20″N 0°29′17″W / 51.4723°N 0.488°W|
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Heathrow Terminal 5 is a shared railway and London Underground station serving Heathrow Terminal 5. It serves as a terminus for Heathrow Express services to Paddington, and for Elizabeth line and London Underground Piccadilly line services to central London. It is managed and staffed by Heathrow Express.
The London Underground section of the station is situated in Travelcard Zone 6; it is the westernmost below-ground station on the network. It is also the westernmost National Rail station in London.
Following the longest public inquiry ever undertaken in the UK, construction of the station was granted in November 2001 by transport minister Stephen Byers as part of the approval of the Heathrow Terminal 5 project. Funded by British Airport Authority (BAA), construction of the extension as part of the T5 construction took 6 years. As part of the construction, Heathrow Terminal 4 tube station was closed for 20 months between January 2005 and September 2006 to allow the connecting junctions to be constructed. Train testing started when the extension was handed over to London Underground on 18 July 2007.
The station opened on 27 March 2008 coinciding with that of Heathrow Terminal 5. It was designed by architects HOK in conjunction with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Although situated underground, parts of the station's roofing are made of translucent ETFE laminate panels, allowing natural daylight to flood down both ends of all six platforms.
Since May 2022, Heathrow Terminal 5 has been served by the Elizabeth line.
Heathrow area rail services
Terminal 5 station is the only one at Heathrow Airport where Heathrow Express, Elizabeth line and Piccadilly line services share the same station. The following rail services are provided:
|Preceding station||London Underground||Following station|
|Terminus||Piccadilly line||Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3|
towards Cockfosters or Arnos Grove
|Preceding station||Heathrow Express||Following station|
|Terminus||Heathrow Express||Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3|
towards London Paddington
|Preceding station||Elizabeth line||Following station|
|Terminus||Elizabeth line||Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3|
towards Abbey Wood
Until 2012, free transfer was not possible between terminals via the Underground, unlike on the Heathrow Express. In January 2012, free travel was introduced for Oyster card and contactless payment card holders between the Heathrow stations on the Piccadilly line. Journeys from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Terminal 4 via the Piccadilly line require a change at Hatton Cross; this journey is free, despite Hatton Cross not being part of the free travel zone.
Network Rail has put forward a proposal for a Western Rail Approach to Heathrow, a short spur of track in tunnel which would run from a junction east of Langley to Terminal 5 station. This would permit Great Western Main Line trains to run directly from Slough and Reading into Heathrow, without the need to change at Paddington. The proposal is currently at consultation stage and remains unconfirmed.
In addition to the above rail links, Terminal 5 station also has two safeguarded "heavy rail" platforms for use by a west-facing connection to the National Rail network. The south-leaning proposal would spur off the Waterloo to Reading Line west of Staines railway station (originally dubbed Heathrow Airtrack, with a newer proposal named Heathrow Southern Railway). It proposes direct rail services to London Waterloo, Reading, Woking, Guildford and Gatwick Airport. Due to the cost of replacing three level crossings, one in a very urban part of Egham, the proposals are currently unfunded.
London Buses routes 350, 423, 482, 490 and night route N9 serve the station. First Berkshire & The Thames Valley, National Express and Oxford Bus Company also operate connecting bus and coach services.