Heathrow expansion proposals would offer a ‘more efficient use of taxis’, so says a Heathrow Airport report.
As Heathrow heads towards expanding to a third runway, the airport is taking the opportunity to seek ways to reduce air pollution in the area.
As it stands, a whopping 33% of passengers travel to Heathrow by taxis and private hire vehicles (PHV). This is the highest share across all modes of transport.
It is, however, estimated that only a limited proportion of these taxi/PHV trips carry passengers in both directions, which the airport plans to change.
Heathrow are considering a range of measures to make what they say will be more efficient taxi operations, which includes backfilling return journeys and delivering higher vehicle occupancy. These measures could include:
priority taxi queueing for full arrivals – taxis arriving with a passenger are given a preferential lane for re-ranking which would reduce the amount of time spent waiting for their next fare;
a taxi sharing scheme – many taxi passengers are heading to central London and other high density urban locations, priority lanes within the forecourt for these customers that are willing to share a taxi could decrease vehicle traffic, reduce the waiting times and costs for passengers.
You can have your say on these proposals by visiting Heathrow’s expansion hub here.