Improved bus links from Spelthorne to Heathrow Airport

Bus route 442 (Staines Bus Station – Ashford Hospital – Stanwell – Stanwell Moor – Terminal 5) will run an improved timetable from today (10 August 2019), with later journeys in the evening and a new Sunday and Public Holiday service. 

Bus services for Spelthorne residents are managed by Surrey County Council who has been working in partnership with operating company Carlone and Heathrow Airport to provide a more regular and reliable route from Staines into the airport. In addition to the extended timetable, Heathrow is also trialling the widening of the airport’s Free Travel Zone for the 442 between Stanwell Moor and Terminal 5.

Cllr Olivia Rybinski, the Cabinet Member for Transport at Spelthorne Borough Council met with the team at Heathrow and Carlone and said, “These fantastic new buses add to the fleet from Spelthorne to Heathrow Airport which will encourage employees, holiday makers and business travellers to use public transport to get to London Heathrow. The new buses have wheelchair access too which makes it much easier for users to get to the airport. This is very positive for our Borough to have such good transport links to LHR and I look forward to more possible routes in the future.”

New bus route X442 has also commenced, providing a direct service between Staines Railway Station and Terminal 5. The service will operate on Mondays to Saturdays up to every 30 minutes, with journeys taking as little as 13 minutes. Fares between Staines and Heathrow will be £3 adult single, £5 adult day return and Heathrow Travelcards will be accepted (giving airport workers unlimited travel from just £25 a month). The X442 will call at the bus stops on Stanwell Moor Road by Horton Road/Park Road, and passengers travelling between there and Terminal 5 will also travel for free, as part of the experimental extension of the Heathrow Free Travel Zone.

“These improvements and extension of the free travel zone for local communities will make travelling by public transport more attractive to those living closest to the airport, helping to reduce unnecessary congestion and emissions that impact air quality,” said Matthew Wooll, Heathrow’s Bus Strategy Manager.

“The 442 and X442 provide direct services to Terminal 5 where local residents can connect to the network of free bus and trains to reach other parts of the airport. We are delighted to support these new routes as part of our ongoing work with local partners to deliver public transport priorities and reduce the number of vehicles on the roads around Heathrow.”

• The 442 and X442 are operated by Carlone – with support from Heathrow Airport Limited and Surrey County Council.
• For more details about the Heathrow Travelcard, please see
• The Heathrow Free Travel Zone (FTZ) includes free travel on 13 bus services operating around the airport, providing travel day and night to most locations. The FTZ also includes Heathrow Express trains between Terminal 5 and Terminals 2,3, TfL Rail trains between Terminal 4 and Terminals 2,3, and the Piccadilly Line between all terminals.