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BAA backs Heathrow Express on Crossrail plan

Airport operator BAA chief executive Colin Matthews this week threw his weight behind plans to run Heathrow Express services through Crossrail’s central London tunnels.

He said he was backing the idea of extending the dedicated Heathrow services east from their current Paddington terminus and into the tunnels being constructed for Crossrail, “with maximum enthusiasm”.

The plan was outlined by Network Rail in its London and the South East route utilisation study late last year.
Network Rail believes this would also remove the need for many passengers travelling between Heathrow and central London to change trains at Paddington.

“We will go after it with maximum enthusiasm”

Colin Matthews, BAA

BAA had previously campaigned against calls to dovetail Heathrow Express with Crossrail. It objected to the legislation that authorised the line, fearing that the Department for Transport could take over the Express service.

However, Matthews told a Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum event last week that BAA now backs the idea.

“The opportunity of Heathrow Express going forward with Crossrail, to make sure you can get from Heathrow not just to Paddington but to other destinations in London, is going to be great,” he said. “We will go after it with maximum enthusiasm.”

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