Heathrow Airport loses track access charges case

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UK: The High Court has ruled in favour of the Office or Road and Rail (ORR) agreeing that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) is not permitted to introduce all of its proposed new charges for train operators to use its track, which links Heathrow Airport to the Great Western main line.

20 years ago, Heathrow Airport has spent £1bn building the five-mile rail link connecting Heathrow Express to the Great Western mainline.

Four Crossrail trains an hour will run between Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 and 4, replacing Heathrow Connect trains from May 2018.

HAL has proposed that each Crossrail train should pay a levy or toll for the use of its track and stations serving the airport.

ORR had decided Heathrow couldn’t charge trains for using the line, saying it would cost around £42m a year.

Heathrow Airport Limited then launched a judicial review of this decision and after a three day hearing, the High Court has dismissed airport’s application and uphold ORR’s decision.

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