From Heath Row To Heathrow...Mapped

M@
By M@ Last edited 112 months ago
From Heath Row To Heathrow...Mapped

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Heath Row, 1805

Two hundred years ago, the sleepy farming village of Heath Row probably attracted around 100 visitors per year, most of them sheep. Today, 61 million people pass through each year—more than the entire UK population. The enormous changes to this part of London are made apparent in a series of images from Cassini Maps. The chart above shows the area in 1805, with the current extent of the airport overlaid in salmon and the proposed third runway and terminal shown in red. The existing runways are depicted in blue. To the north, the villages of Harmondsworth and Sipson still exist, and are threatened by the new runway plans. Further maps and an excellent commentary on the history of the area can be found at Cassini Maps.

Image copyright © Cassini Publishing Ltd 2008.

Last Updated 22 January 2009

JMH

Is the prevailing wind in that area really so constantly east-west that they have two parallel runways and want to build a third one that's also parallel?

M@

I'm no expert, but surely non-parallel runways would be an air-traffic control nightmare at such a busy hub.

cobo04

M@ correct, also the air markers (like on the top of the Southall Gas cylinders) would be meaningless if the runways were at different angles.

D1v1d

Vehicular transport in the area is already seriously congested. Needs a radical re-think of suburban sprawl mentality if it's going to work