The UK's only hub airport, London Heathrow, lies only 10 minutes from Staines-upon-Thames, providing business the perfect location to export to foreign markets and to connect with the world's emerging economies.
Heathrow is Europe's busiest airport, handling more international passengers than any other in the world and is responsible for a whopping 78% of the UK's long haul flights. More than 200 of the top 300 companies in the UK have headquarters within 25 miles of Heathrow.
The area is home to some of the world's most highly productive business clusters, and has 60% more international businesses than the national average. 26% of all UK exports go via Heathrow, with 118 destinations served including the world's leading and emerging markets such as the USA, China, India, Russia and Brazil, making it absolutely vital to the UK's economic prosperity.
Not only is Staines-upon-Thames served by Heathrow, but less than an hour's drive away is Europe's leading point-to-point airport, London Gatwick. Gatwick fly's to over 200 destinations world-wide more than any other UK airport, recently attracting new routes to emerging markets such as Turkey, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as providing business connections across Europe. Gatwick is unique amongst London's airports in its representation of the three airline business models: full service, charter and low cost-no frills services making it perfect for business or those short city breaks and summer getaways.
Staines-upon-Thames has exceptional road links with the M25, M3, M4 and A30 all nearby. The M25, or London Orbital Motorway, chains the town to all corners of Greater London whilst the M4 connects Staines-upon-Thames to Reading, Bristol and Wales to the west and Central London to the east. Going further south, the M3 begins at nearby Sunbury-on-Thames, weaving its way through Hampshire via important business destinations such as Bracknell, Basingstoke and Winchester, finally ending in the city of Southampton which in turn offers further air travel links as well as an important centre for shipping to Southern Europe, North Africa and beyond providing further export opportunities. Finally, the A30 truck road provides links to the South-West through Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.
The town's connectivity is enhanced by its high level of rail access with six railway stations in the local area. Staines train station is the fifth busiest passenger station in Surrey. London Waterloo is just 32 minutes travel time from Staines-upon-Thames and services also go to Reading, Windsor and Weybridge with most services calling at Clapham Junction, the busiest railway station in Europe and a major transport hub. The nearby Shepperton and Sunbury-on-Thames stations also provide services via Kingston-upon-Thames.