Heathrow Terminal 5 station

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 London Underground Piccadilly line services. Managed by Heathrow Express,[4] it is staffed entirely by Heathrow Express staff, unlike the other underground stations serving Terminal 4 and Terminals 2 & 3.

Heathrow Terminal 5 London Underground National Rail
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Heathrow Express train about to depart from Platform 3
Heathrow Terminal 5 is located in Greater London
Heathrow Terminal 5
Heathrow Terminal 5
Location of Heathrow Terminal 5 in Greater London
LocationHeathrow Terminal 5
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hillingdon
Managed byHeathrow Express
OwnerHeathrow Airport Holdings
Station codeHWV
Number of platforms4 (6 total)
Fare zone6 (London Underground services only)
London Underground annual entry and exit
2014Increase 4.22 million[2]
2015Increase 3.90 million[2]
2016Increase 4.45 million[2]
2017Increase 4.53 million[2]
2018Decrease 4.47 million[3]
Railway companies
Original companyHeathrow Airport Holdings
Key dates
27 March 2008Station opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°28′20″N 0°29′17″W / 51.4723°N 0.488°W / 51.4723; -0.488Coordinates: 51°28′20″N 0°29′17″W / 51.4723°N 0.488°W / 51.4723; -0.488
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

The London Underground section of the station is situated in Travelcard Zone 6; it is the westernmost below-ground station on the network.


Following the longest public inquiry ever undertaken in the UK,[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Train testing started when the extension was handed over to London Underground on 18 July 2007.[8]

The station opened on 27 March 2008 coinciding with that of Heathrow Terminal 5.[9] It was designed by architects HOK in conjunction with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.[10] 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.[11] It is the only station at Heathrow Airport where both the Heathrow Express and Piccadilly line services share the same station.


Terminal 5 station is served by the following rail services:[12]

Free intra-terminal transfersEdit

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.

Future linksEdit

From 2020, Heathrow Terminal 5 will be served by the Elizabeth line, as part of the Crossrail project.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] First Berkshire & The Thames Valley, National Express and Oxford Bus Company also operate connecting bus and coach services.


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007-2017)" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Station facilities for Heathrow Terminal 5 (Rail Station Only)". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Heathrow Terminal 5 Inquiry". Department for Transport. January 2005. Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Green light for Piccadilly line extension to new Terminal 5". thetube.com. 20 November 2001. Archived from the original on 3 February 2003. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Tube one step closer for Heathrow Terminal 5". Transport for London. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  8. ^ Matters, Transport for London | Every Journey. "First Piccadilly line trains travel to Heathrow Terminal 5". tfl.gov.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  9. ^ "First Piccadilly line passengers travel to Heathrow Terminal 5". Transport for London. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Terminal 5, Heathrow - London - Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners". Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Heathrow Airport T5: London Architecture", e-architect, 2008. Link accessed 2008-05-05.
  12. ^ Transport for London (March 2008). "Central London to Heathrow" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2008. - transport map for Heathrow showing Underground, Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect rail, and the N9 night bus
  13. ^ "Heathrow - New agreement to boost Heathrow rail services". Heathrow Media Centre. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Heathrow rail link -". Network Rail. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Heathrow Airtrack". BAA. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  16. ^ Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Transport for London

External linksEdit

Preceding station     London Underground   Following station
TerminusPiccadilly line
towards Cockfosters
  National Rail
Terminus   Heathrow Express
Paddington - Heathrow
  Heathrow Central
  Future development  
Preceding station       Crossrail   Following station
Elizabeth line
towards Abbey Wood