Heathrow Terminal 5 Transit

The Heathrow Terminal 5 Transit is an automated people mover system (APM) at London Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom. It operates in the Heathrow Terminal 5 complex and conveys air passengers between the main airport terminal and its satellite buildings.[1][2]

Heathrow Terminal 5 Transit
A Bombardier Innovia APM 200 at Terminal 5
A Bombardier Innovia APM 200 at Terminal 5
LocaleLondon Heathrow Airport,
Transit typeAutomated guideway transit/People mover
Number of lines1
Number of stations3
Annual ridership13 million per year
WebsiteHeathrow Terminal 5 guide
Began operation2008
Operator(s)Heathrow Airport Holdings
Rolling stock10 × Bombardier Innovia APM 200
Number of vehicles8 in normal operation
System length0.67 km (0.42 mi)
ElectrificationThird rail
System map

Disabled access This system has step-free access.

Terminal 5C Heathrow Terminal 5
Terminal 5B Heathrow Terminal 5
Terminal 5 Transit
Terminal 5A Heathrow Terminal 5
Heathrow Terminal 5 Piccadilly Line Elizabeth Line Heathrow Express
Terminal 5 PRT London Heathrow Terminal 5 PRT


The Terminal 5 APM transit came into operation at the opening of Terminal 5 in 2008. It was the first ever deployment of the Innovia APM 200 vehicle. Initially the system had two stops, running between the main Terminal 5A and Terminal 5B, operated with two 3-car APM trains. In 2011, the line was extended to Terminal 5C and APM fleet was initially expanded to nine then later to ten vehicles.[3][2][4]


The Heathrow Terminal 5 APM vehicles run in a dual-lane tunnel totalling 0.67 kilometres (0.42 miles) in length. The Transit System has three stations: the main Terminal 5A building (Gates A1-A23), Terminal 5B (Gates B32-B48), and Terminal 5C (Gates C52-C66).[5] The people movers operate exclusively "airside", meaning that the system can only by accessed by passengers who have first passed through airport security.[3][2][6]

A completely separate personal rapid transit system, the London Heathrow Terminal 5 PRT, operates "landside" between the car parks and Terminal 5.[7]


Heathrow Terminal 5 transit station

The transit system is run with a small fleet of ten Bombardier Innovia APM 200 vehicles which convey over 6,500 passengers per hour in each direction.[3]


  1. ^ "Worldwide projects". Bombardier Transportation. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c James, Kevan (2017). Heathrow Airport: An Illustrated History. Fonthill Media. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "INNOVIA APM Automated People Mover System - London Heathrow, UK - United Kingdom - Bombardier". Bombardier. Archived from the original on 5 September 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  4. ^ Doherty 2008, p. 84.
  5. ^ "Flight connections | Airport information | British Airways". www.britishairways.com. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  6. ^ Doherty 2008, p. 224.
  7. ^ "A Ride On Heathrow's Self-Driving Pods". Londonist. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2019.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°28′15″N 0°28′52″W / 51.4709°N 0.4812°W / 51.4709; -0.4812