Heathrow Express for pounds 10 each way

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London's latest rail link, the Heathrow Express, to open in summer 1998, will zip passengers from London's Paddington station to the airport in just 15 minutes, with tickets costing pounds 10 each way.

The service, which is expected to cost pounds 440m, is due to start with departures every quarter of an hour to the airport. Users will be entitled to "airline"- style perks, including check-in desks at Paddington, and the service will operate in three classes. In its first full year, the express is expected to carry 6.5 million passengers, rising to more than 10 million by 2000. Randeep Ramesh