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New walkway opens at Terminal 5 between the main, B and C terminals

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Heathrow Airport has announced the opening of the new walkway between the two Terminal 5 satellite terminals – 5B and 5C – and the main 5A building.

There is a separate arrivals and departure walkway.

Heathrow transit train

Instead of taking the transit train between the terminals, which can become uncomfortably busy at peak morning times, you can now use the moving walkway instead.  BA says that it will take a ‘comparable’ time to taking the train although I don’t know if that assumes you have to wait for one or two to pass before you can get on one!

Work has not yet finished to ease congestion.  New lifts will soon be introduced, a new platform will open at Terminal 5C and an additional carriage will be added to the transit trains.

Comments (32)

  • Tony says:

    Can they also start calling it “train” again instead of that awfully stupid “transit”? I’d be chuffed.

  • Varth Dader says:

    It’s not new. It’s always been there.

  • Peter Phillips says:

    They could improve the transit capacity by stopping the “security checks” when a member of staff wanders aimlessly in and out of the carriages for two or three minutes, looking for goodness knows what. This is supposed to be on the sterile airside of the terminal. Can anybody explain why these checks are now necessary whereas when T5 opened they weren’t?

    • signol says:

      The same trains are used by arrival and departure pax, so an arriving passenger could hide aboard and remix with departing pax, and exit the secure area bypassing immigration and customs perhaps?

      • Mark says:

        Its more that you have to reclear security when connecting and it would be a way of bypassing that.

        There are checks on everyone boarding domestic flights to ensure that they haven’t transfered without clearing immigration and customs anyway.

    • Gaz says:

      Agreed – the staff performing the checks have a complete lack of urgency and tend to waddle at a snails pace. Admittedly probably quite a mundane job, but there’s definitely efficiencies to be had!

  • Richard says:

    At FRA the train between terminals carries a mix of passengers (airside and landside) by keeping them in separate coaches. The doors open on different sides of the train depending on whether the coach is for landside or airside pax.
    At heathrow they could do the same. The train would then immediately turn around, stopping only long enough for people to get on/off. Frequency of the trains could easily be doubled or tripled and nobody would have to check the train with all the speed of a snail.

  • tim says:

    I was looking forward to trying out the new tunnrl when I arrived in t5b from Sao paulo this morning. The passenger signs were there but the steps down were taped off!