Heathrow confirms plan to charge cars to cut air pollution

Heathrow airport has announced that it will charge drivers of older cars and minicabs for entry by 2022, in an effort to cut air pollution and congestion.

Charges from the schemes will raise funds for sustainable transport and new public transport access as part of its expansion plans. But they will also “contribute to community compensation and help keep airport charges affordable as the airport expands,” the airport said on Friday.

“The goal is to tackle the main source of local air pollution – road vehicles – and reduce congestion by encouraging more people to use sustainable ways of getting to and from the airport,” it added, elaborating on an announcement made three years ago.

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