Airlines rated on noise performance

Heathrow today launches its ‘Fly Quiet programme’, becoming the first UK airport to list airlines according to their noise performance.

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New Heathrow terminal tested to the limit

Fifteen hundred airport staff and members of the public were drafted into Heathrow's massive new terminal today to test that every part of it works.

The airport is taking radical measures to avoid a repeat of the disastrous opening of Terminal Five which led to negative headlines the world over. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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A look inside Heathrow's new look terminal

We'll get a look inside Heathrow's new Terminal 2 later. The £2.5b renovation project should be finished by June.

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Heathrow's Terminal 2 is being refurbished Credit: PA

There'll be more natural light and partner airlines will be closer together to improve flight connections. Airport bosses say they're determined not to have a repeat of the chaos when Terminal 5 opened six years ago - with bags lost and long delays.

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Solutions to aircraft noise being discussed in summit

The first ever summit to discuss solutions to the issue of aircraft noise is taking place today.

Air bosses including the Chief Executive of Gatwick are taking part, as well as representatives from Heathrow.

The Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise are talking at the event too.

Stewart Wingate has promised around 4000 households most affected by noise from a possible second runway there would get £1000 towards their council tax.

Solutions to aircraft noise is being discussed at a summit today Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Direct trains from Reading to Heathrow

It's been proposed to run direct train services from Reading to Heathrow. Network Rail is planning to build a £500m tunnel off the current Great Western line between the Berkshire town and Paddington by 2021 that will link into the airport.

The service will take less than 30 minutes and bring the airport within an hour of most towns in the south.

Heathrow Express say they are best placed to operate a new high quality service on the route. A final decision will be taken by the Department for Transport.

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Proposal to run direct trains between Reading and Heathrow Credit: Google images

Simon Earles, Head of Surface Access for Heathrow, said: "Heathrow is already in a better location for passengers and businesses than any other UK airport. Western rail access builds on that strength by cutting journey times dramatically for passengers."

Keith Greenfield, managing director for Heathrow Express, said: "Western rail access is the next logical step for the more than 70 million people a year who pass through Heathrow, and it is also a crucial strand in the plan to secure the future of Heathrow Express."

Berkshire residents to have their say on north west runway plans

Plans for north west runway at Heathrow Credit: PA

People living in Berkshire have the opportunity to give their views on plans to build a new runway at Heathrow. An option for a new north west runway is currently being considered by the Airports Commission which is studying the best ways to cope with increasing air traffic int he South East.

An all-day drop-in session to explain the plans is being staged at a hotel in Windsor - one of the six being held around the airport over the next fortnight.

Trains to run between Reading and Heathrow

Heathrow Express has announced plans to operate direct train services from Reading to Heathrow Airport.

The service will take less than 30 minutes and bring the airport within an hour of most towns in the south.

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Heathrow Express will run direct trains between Reading and Heathrow Credit: PA

Network Rail is planning to build a £500 million tunnel off the current Great Western line between Reading and Paddington by 2021 that will link into Heathrow.

Heathrow Express say they are best placed to operate a new high quality service on the route.

Simon Earles, Head of Surface Access for Heathrow, said: “Heathrow is already in a better location for passengers and businesses than any other UK airport. Western rail access builds on that strength by cutting journey times dramatically for passengers.

As Heathrow Express continues to set the standard on speed, efficiency and service for customers, it is the natural choice to operate a service on this route."

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