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Heathrow drops new Terminal 6 from expansion plans

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Heathrow Airport has confirmed it will not be building a new terminal as part of its expansion plans, which include a controversial third runway

The cost-cutting decision, effectively dropping proposals for a new terminal, baggage facilities and an underground train, emerged from the airport’s half-year results published yesterday (28 July).

The move is expected to knock ’several billions’ off the cost of the proposed new runway at the west London airport.

Last year Grimshaw won a competition to draw up designs for a ‘hub airport of the future’ as part of Heathrow’s ambitious £16 billion growth plans.

Although the contest asked entrants to come up with a concept for a ‘terminal of the future’, a Terminal 6 was only one of the options being considered by the airport.

It is understood the preferred options which will allow the airport to handle a significant increase in passengers include a new midfield pier near to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Terminal 5 building and the expansion of Luis Vidal’s Terminal 2.

These would be built over a 20-year period to keep costs under control.

Earlier this month it was announced that MPs will now not vote on Heathrow’s proposed expansion until 2018, with a final policy statement on airport capacity in the South East being delayed until next year.

Ministers have previously announced that Heathrow was the government’s preferred scheme for boosting airport capacity in and around the capital.

But transport secretary Chris Grayling has said that landing charges at the airport must remain flat as a condition of government support for the third runway.

The airport’s trading statement confirmed that it had reached a deal with Transport for London for Crossrail to serve all terminals from 2019.

Speaking to The Times, Heathrow Airport’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: ‘We will be reducing the terminal costs by several billions of pounds.

‘When you think about HS2 and other big national projects, the costs tend to go up rather than go down, so if we can bring the costs down it will be remarkable.‘

In May the High Court threw out a bid by Heathrow’s operator to levy an access charge of more than £400 for each Crossrail train stopping at the airport.

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