BAA, the owner of Heathrow airport, has agreed to invest £230 million towards the £15.9 billion cost of the Crossrail project, it has been revealed.
In return, Crossrail will provide a fast train service to Heathrow four times an hour for the majority of the day.
As a result, travellers looking to book a cheap flight from Heathrow will have improved access to the airport from central London and various locations around the UK capital including the City, Canary Wharf, Shenfield and Abbey Wood.
According to transport minister Andrew Adonis, the Crossrail links will provide significant benefit to both airport passengers and workers alike.
These sentiments are echoed by Mike Forster, BAA’s strategy director, who said: "We are delighted to support the Crossrail scheme, which demonstrates our commitment to improving public transport access to Heathrow.
"This vital new link will directly connect the City and Canary Wharf to the airport, complementing our existing Heathrow Express service and taking thousands of cars off the roads."
Meanwhile, London mayor Boris Johnson has admitted that funding the Crossrail project is likely to force the abandonment of other planned schemes to improve London’s transport infrastructure.
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