21 MAY 2018
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The little publicised Heathrow Connect services have gained a new lease of life by becoming part of Transport for London (TfL) from today (21 May) onward. The line runs from the mainline area at London’s Paddington Station via Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall and Hayes & Harlington into Heathrow.
The service starts at Heathrow Terminal 4 and goes via the Central Area and onward using the Heathrow Express tracks out of the airport. It will accept Oyster and contactless payments and will be treated as Zone 6. These services will be operated as TfL Rail, and will become the Elizabeth Line in December this year.
Rail minister Jo Johnson said: “This is a significant milestone in the delivery of the Elizabeth Line, which will transform rail travel for more than 200m passengers every year across the South East, significantly boosting capacity on our network and acting as a catalyst for housing and regeneration.
"When fully open in 2019, the Elizabeth line will provide a faster connection to Heathrow, as well as giving people new interchanges to Gatwick and Luton airports via Thameslink services at Farringdon and helping drive forward economic growth and business opportunities.”
The line continues to Canary Wharf and finishes at Abbey Wood, but no station is provided in Silvertown, close by London City Airport.
All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum
Ron Lindsay, Buckinghamshire
I have just collected someone from LHR T5 and to park my car in the short term car park for 35mins, I paid the sum of £7.20p..! Is this a deliberate tactic to force people to utilise public transport, or is it simple exploitation of the public need to park< I wonder.
A Barron, London
Please note that these services are NOT treated as part of Zone 6. Special fares apply - see https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2018/march/mayor-of-london-announces-tfl-fares-will-apply-to-elizabeth-line (fare table at the bottom). The fares are almost identical to the former Heathrow Connect fares, but can now be paid with Oyster.