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User currently offlineMikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 14
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

I'm always amazed whenever I watch a 747/777 being towed across the road at LHR. Does anyone know if there are many other major airports in the world where this happens?


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User currently offlineFrontierCPT From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 973 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4826 times:

Gibralter: planes taxi across the highway(?), or the other way around, cars drive across the taxiway, and the runway. Sorry I can't link a picture.  Crying

User currently offlineMikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4814 times:

Ah yes, I forgot about GIB - cars actually cross the runway there! One place I really want to visit. Any others?

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4798 times:

Don't know of any others, but the towing thing at LHR used to be right pain. They ALWAYS do it during rush hour, and you just know as you come round that corner of the perimeter road those bloody sirens are going to go off and a couple of 744's are going to be dragged (slowly !) across the road, just when you're running late. I am truly amazed nobody has ever driven into an aircraft that was being towed across there (OK a 747 is tough to miss, but you'd think some drunken idiot would have managed it after all these decades).

User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4788 times:

The best time was when Concorde was towed across, that was a sight!

Especially when they didnt have barriers there!

Simon



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User currently offlineMikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4779 times:

"you just know as you come round that corner of the perimeter road those bloody sirens are going to go off"

....and aren't those sirens the most annoying noise!

When I've seen it recently, they've actually opened the gates again after the first one crossed to let the traffic move a bit and then closed them again a few minutes later - considerate staff maybe!

Yeah I'm surprised they still do it - especially with security concerns, not to mention just having weak barriers to protect millions of ££/$$ of aircraft!


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

I didn't think they ever had barriers there - across the road that is - just the gates on either side.

User currently offlineMikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4771 times:

Yeah they have barriers for the road now, as well as the gates across the taxiway. Take a look in the pic above and you can see them the other side

User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4762 times:

I heard that they were actually thinking of closing this road off, so the aircraft dont have to cross the road. It would be a shame, as no more photos could be taken like the one above!

Simon



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4753 times:

Those are new then - how fascist ! Always used to be nice just waiting there like it was a traffic light. Oh well, another little piece of LHR whimsy gone forever.

User currently offlineMikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4746 times:

I guess the problem with stopping it, is that this is actually the perimeter road and they would have to re-route it somewhere without going miles off course!

User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

I guess the problem with stopping it, is that this is actually the perimeter road and they would have to re-route it somewhere without going miles off course!


Trouble is, they cant re-route the access to BA!

[Edited 2004-06-13 00:52:12]


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User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4738 times:

I know here @ APA there is a spot where one of the airport roads crosses a taxiway. If you drive south on Peroia, from Arapahoe, past the tower, and drive to the east on E Control Tower Rd., you'll cross a taxiway. I think the taxiway was built on behalf of Adamjets, but I don't know for sure. The taxiway isn't used often, but it does cross E Control Tower Rd.

User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4716 times:

At Gibralta the phlipping runway is crossed by a road.

Once i was on a double decker bus in Gibralta, sat at the top in the front row. I was wondering what we were waiting for, as these barriers had gone down on the road but i wasnt aware of the airport as there were buildings obstructing it. Then a BA 737 wizzed past on the road in front.....quite suprising.


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4713 times:

once i was on a double decker bus in Gibralta, sat at the top in the front row. I was wondering what we were waiting for, as these barriers had gone down on the road but i wasnt aware of the airport as there were buildings obstructing it. Then a BA 737 wizzed past on the road in front.....quite suprising.

If only that happened at a BAA owned airport!  Big thumbs up

[Edited 2004-06-13 01:02:01]


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User currently offlineRogerroger From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4671 times:

this used to happen at dallas fort worth airport in the 80s, not sure if it still occurs there

User currently offlineEclipseFlight7 From Somalia, joined Apr 2004, 518 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

Theres some airport in Israel that separates two parts of the city with a road going through it. They also have about as much ramp space as a hot tub but apparently they can put Arkia's 753's on it.


Holy sh*ts and burritos.
User currently offlinePropulsion From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 294 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4541 times:

Closing that road would cause havoc for surrounding traffic. It would also seriously compromise the value of running Transport for London's bus route 285 from Heathrow to Kingston in light of the fact that the next alternative is the horrendously slow and long-winded 111 which literally visits every house in Cranford before going back on itself and then heading towards Hounslow and Kingston.

Having such a close view of the aircraft aboard a bus enables me to combine two of my favourite hobbies and so such a move would be unappealing for me. Moreover, the point regarding access to BA is very important.



A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3700 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4541 times:
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I've taxied a 747 across the road at LHR

User currently offlineMr AirNZ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2002, 851 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4440 times:

In Gisborne, New Zealand the main runway is crossed by a railway track. Not quite half way down the runway.

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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4432 times:

Does anyone know if the perimeter road at Heathrow was built before BA mantainance?

And was it in the original plans to get aircraft cross the road? Surely they would of thought about security!



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User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3700 posts, RR: 34
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4329 times:
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Does anyone know if the perimeter road at Heathrow was built before BA mantainance?

No. it's always been like that.

As for security, I seen home movies taken at LHR where the only thing separating the public from Connies and Strotocruisers was a two bar fence.



User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4325 times:

As for security, I seen home movies taken at LHR where the only thing separating the public from Connies and Strotocruisers was a two bar fence.


If only that was the case now!



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User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4320 times:

Two weeks ago i was down at LHR and there was nothing separating the road from that SA 743, which has been sitting there for ages.

User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2730 posts, RR: 41
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4315 times:

Two weeks ago i was down at LHR and there was nothing separating the road from that SA 743, which has been sitting there for ages.


It's a differernt SAA 743 every day, its flights in the evening!



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25 Post contains links and images Jaspike : A load of photos here. Tom
26 OS-A330 : When playing golf on the Royal Airforce GC, situated between the two runways of Bangkok International Airport, you have to cross the taxiway linking t
27 RICARDOAB : I think Malta's airport has an area where aircraft cross the road. Might be worth a look in the photos, but I remember a couple of pictures where the
28 Post contains links and images RICARDOAB : Medavia examples: View Large View MediumPhoto © Marco Sciberras View Large View MediumPhoto © Roberto Benetti
29 Post contains links and images EDDL : Hamburg - Finkenwerder (XFW / EDHI): View Large View MediumPhoto © EDDL Photography EDDL
30 Post contains links and images RICARDOAB : Just found the Boeing photo I was looking for: View Large View MediumPhoto © William Anthony - AIRFRAMES View Large View MediumPhoto © Willi
31 Airplanepics : Ah yes, I forgot about SEA - do they do it without a police prescience? Simon
32 USAIRWAYS321 : Airplanepics: That crossover of Marginal Way at BFI isn't a usual thing. It was done in those 2 instances to move those aircraft from the actual airpo
33 EclipseFlight7 : I also just remembered SAN, where they have CG helos cross the main entrance to the airport. I guess they don't do that too often though.
34 Ramerinianair : In the new and beautiful Airport in Athens, ATH, they have two bridges on either side of the Airport. It's great to see the Olympic A340s slide across
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