Unofficial Guide to London Heathrow

Terminal 5

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 – station is a shared railway station at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 which was opened on 27 March 2008. It was designed by architects HOK International in conjunction with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners.

The station is staffed by Heathrow Express staff unlike the underground stations at Heathrow Terminal 4 and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3. The London Underground section of the station is situated in Travelcard Zone 6. It is the westernmost below-ground station on the London Underground network.

Until 2012, free transfer was not possible between terminals via the Underground, in contrast to the Heathrow Express. In January 2012, free travel was introduced for Oystercard 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.

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.

The Terminal 5 station is served by the following rail services:

Piccadilly line: half the trains on the Heathrow branch terminate here, via Hatton Cross and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3. The other half run via Hatton Cross, Heathrow Terminal 4 and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3, and back to Hatton Cross.
Heathrow Express: terminates here. This service replaced the Express service to Terminal 4, which instead became the terminus for Heathrow Connect.

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