Sunday, 27 September 2009

The London/Buckinghamshire border - Heathrow Terminal 4

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The London/Hounslow/Spelthorne boundary runs north to the Bedfont Road where it meets the boundary with Hillingdon. The Spelthorne/Hillingdon boundary turns west along Bedfont Road.

The Duke of Northumberland's River flows eastwards along the line of the Perimeter Road
The Longford River River flows eastwards along the line of the Perimeter Road

Post to the west Cargo Terminal
Post to the south West Bedfont
Post to the east East Bedfont

Sites on the London, Hounslow side of the border

Beacon Road.
Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. This is part of the Veterinary Sector of the City of London’s Environmental Services Directorate and has is a world leader in the care of animals during transport. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year receiving and caring for literally millions of animals of all types – including everything from tarantulas, cobras, race horses, tigers, cattle, cats and dogs and even baby elephants – the HARC has the facilities to cope with almost any animal.

Mentone Farm. Used by HGVs

Scylla Road
Terminal Four. Terminal 4 opened 14th April 1986. 11 airlines are based there but predominantly British Airways and KLM. It handles about 14.2 million passengers annually... flights are going to long-haul and European destinations. It also inaugurated the total separation of departing and arriving passengers.Terminal 4 Piccadilly Line Station on a four mile loop from Hatton Cross and Heathrow Terminals... Opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on 12th April 1986 it has only one platform. Terminal of Heathrow Express from the Paddington Line opened 1998.


Sites on the Buckinghamshire, Spelthorne side of the border

Bedfont Road

Heathrow Cargo Tunnel.
a road tunnel built in the late 1960s to connect Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to the cargo terinal. it is used only by vehicles with security clearance and now used for both cargo transfer of passengers to and from Terminal 4. it has one bore, carrying one lane in each direction.Consulting Engineer was Sir William Halcrow and it was built by Taylor Woodrow.

Duke of Northumberland's River
This section was built during the reign of Henry VIII by John Gates after the dissolution of the Monastery at Syon. It was to augment the water supply to mills and allow new ones to be built, thus providing a source of revenue for the Duke of Northumberland. It takes water from the Colne and flows through this stretch alongside the Longford River. Both have been diverted in association with the construction of Terminal Five but skirts the western and southern perimeter of the airport.


Longford River
The waterway was constructed in 1638 at the instigation of Charles I in order to increase the water supply to Hampton Court and allow water features to be developed. It had a variety of names - the New River, the King's River, the Queen's River, the Cardinal's River, the Hampton Court Cut, and the Hampton Court Canal. In this section it runs parallel with the Duke of Northumberland’s River.

Sources
GLIAS Newsletter
Stevenson. Middleses
Walford, Village London

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