Work Starts on World’s Largest Baggage System

30 April 2009 (Last Updated April 30th, 2009 18:30)

Construction of the world's largest baggage system at the UKs Heathrow Airport, funded by the British Airports Authority (BAA), is underway. The £900m baggage system requires a 1.8km-long tunnel costing £260m that will link all the terminals, enabling Heathrow to handle 110 million

Construction of the world's largest baggage system at the UKs Heathrow Airport, funded by the British Airports Authority (BAA), is underway.

The £900m baggage system requires a 1.8km-long tunnel costing £260m that will link all the terminals, enabling Heathrow to handle 110 million bags a year by 2012.

The tunnel will connect Terminals 3 and 5, eventually linking into the existing baggage tunnel network at a building to be constructed airside.

Work is already underway to replace Terminal 3's baggage system and refurbish the systems in Terminal 1 and 4 with the latest technology.

A new system will also be installed at Terminal 5C, set to open in 2011.

A team of experts is using £3.3m tunnel-boring machine for the excavation process.

BAA is investing £4bn across Heathrow over the next five years to completely redesign, rebuilt and refurbish the airport.