Just 11 days to go

Uxbridge Gazette - - News - By QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

WEST Lon­don­ers are just days away from new Cross­rail trains run­ning through their part of town as TfL takes over sub­ur­ban rail ser­vices from Great Western Rail.

Trans­port for Lon­don will be tak­ing over the Heathrow Con­nect ser­vice be­tween Padding­ton and Ter­mi­nals 2, 3 and 4 at Heathrow, which was for­merly run by Great Western Rail­way.

The new ser­vice will be known as TfL Rail.

How­ever, the new El­iz­a­beth line trains, which have al­ready been run­ning on the eastern TfL Rail route from Liver­pool Street to Shen­field for nearly a year, will only run as far as Hayes & Har­ling­ton.

Pas­sen­gers wish­ing to travel from Padding­ton to Heathrow on the Heathrow Con­nect will still be able to take two trains an hour, which will con­tinue to be the same as nor­mal.

The twice-hourly Hayes and Har­ling­ton Ser­vice will use the new Bom­bardier trains, fea­tured through­out the El­iz­a­beth Line when the cen­tral sec­tion opens in May 2019. The changes will take ef­fect from Sun­day May 20.

A spokes­woman for Trans­port for Lon­don told getwest­lon­don that the de­lay in rolling out the trains be­yond Hayes to Heathrow is due to sig­nalling is­sues in the tun­nels lead­ing to the air­port.

The plan was orig­i­nally for four trains an hour to travel be­tween Padding­ton and Heathrow, but the con­tin­gency plan is set to con­tinue for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, with full ser­vice on the trains ex­pected to start later this year.

Howard Smith, TfL’s Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor for the El­iz­a­beth Line, said: “From Sun­day May 20, the cur­rent Heathrow Con­nect ser­vice be­tween Heathrow Ter­mi­nals 2/3, Heathrow Ter­mi­nal 4 and Padding­ton will be trans­ferred to TfL.

“We will op­er­ate the same ser­vice pat­tern – two trains per hour – to Heathrow as ex­ists now, us­ing the ex­ist­ing Heathrow Con­nect trains.

“We will also run two trains per hour be­tween Padding­ton and Hayes & Har­ling­ton, which is the same fre­quency as now, us­ing the new El­iz­a­beth line trains.

“Our sup­plier Bom­bardier con­tin­ues to test the El­iz­a­beth line trains and the new sig­nalling sys­tem in the Heathrow tunnel, once test­ing is com­plete we will in­crease the fre­quency to Heathrow to four trains per hour later this year.”

The takeover of ser­vices from Great Western does not in­clude the Heathrow Ex­press ser­vice, which will con­tinue to run as nor­mal.

El­iz­a­beth Line trains will run as far as Hayes and Har­ling­ton from Sun­day May 20

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