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Boris urged to take Heathrow strain off the tube

Wed 10 April 2013, 6:01 pm

Hounslow Council has urged London Mayor Boris Johnson to take some strain from the borough's transport connections by integrating the Heathrow Express train service into Transport for London's fare structure.

It said “sky high prices” on the premium link - which does not allow travellers to use Oyster cards - left cheaper services like the Piccadilly Line linking Heathrow and central London “creaking under the strain”.

Colin Ellar, Hounslow’s cabinet member for environment, said the premium Heathrow Express service was a luxury that could no longer be afforded.

“I urge Boris to throw his weight behind this and convince Heathrow’s bosses to integrate the service into London’s transport system,” he said.

“It would mean fair fares for all and would help make a better not a bigger airport for Londoners and international travellers too.”

Hounslow Council said Crossrail, HS2, and a project called Airtrack Light to the south of the airport, could bring benefits to the borough, enabling people to use its shops, hotels and other.

It added that the Heathrow Express’s £20 single fare compared starkly to other European and international hub rail prices to city centres.

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