The underground train link which will link Heathrow Airport to central London is expected to relieve the heavy traffic congestion.
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LV ZOOM IN Sign above road tunnel "Welcome to Heathrow Airport"
TRAVELLING SHOT Through road tunnel into airport
TV Showing heavy road traffic inside airport (3 shots)
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GV ZOOM IN London cabs parked PAN TO Airport buses (2 shots)
GV PAN Control tower to excavation work
CU Sign "Heathrow Central station work in progress"
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GV's Workmen inside tunnel (5 shots)
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GV Excavation for tunnel entrance
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Background: The underground train link which will link Heathrow Airport to central London is expected to relieve the heavy traffic congestion. The line is expected to be complete in 1976 at a cost of GBP22 million sterling ($US 52 million). London Transport officials confidently predict that the line will be well used, carrying millions of passengers each year. Apart from incoming air-travellers, Heathrow has a workforce of fifty thousand people and many of them are expected to use the new line.
Part of the line will be above ground, but tunnels are necessary in sections. They are being built by the "cut and cover" method in which a large ditch is excavated and a "roof" built to cover the line.
The congestion at the airport is of serious concern to London planners. More than 17 million air passengers use the terminal annually and this is expected to almost double by 1980. The road traffic required to move these people to and from the terminal now averages 30-thousand vehicles a day and that figure is expected to increase substantially ... possibly to twice the present level by the end of the decade. Work on the rail project began in April 1971.
SYNOPSIS: London's Heathrow Airport... one of the busiest in the world and one of the most congested. But work is under way on a project which planners hope will ease the situation... It's a three-and-a-half mile rail link which will feed air passengers into London's large underground railway network. At present, almost 17-and-a-half million passengers use the terminal annually and their only ground access to the airport is by road.
Entry from main roads to the airport itself is by underground tunnel... and with an estimated thirty thousand vehicles in and out of Heathrow, every day, congestion is considerable. This traffic is increasing faster than roads can be improved to cope.
London Transport Authority officials are confident the new line will be well patronised. Apart from air passengers, fifty thousand people are employed at Heathrow and many are expected to travel by train when the link is complete.
Construction first began on the railway in April 1971. The project is expected to be completed in 197??? with the opening of Heathrow Central station. An intermediate station is due for completion in 1975.
Much of the line is above ground, but sections must be built underground to pass beneath airport runways, roads and other facilities. London transport officials expect trains will serve Heathrow every four minutes in peak times and every five minutes between peaks. The journey time is expected to be little more than half an hour from the airport to central London.... that's half what it can take by road.
Cost of the project is twenty million pounds sterling.