New services for Heathrow with the Elizabeth Line

4 Jul 2017 by Tom Otley
Crossrail train

Heathrow airport is set for new services from the Elizabeth Line from December 2019.

Heathrow, Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport have agreed on increased rail connectivity including two new Elizabeth Line trains per hour serving Terminal 5 from December 2019.

The new services are part of a package of increased services from December 2019 that will see at least 22 trains per hour connecting central London and Heathrow – up from 18 today.

Heathrow says that under the plan, a train will depart central London for Heathrow on average every two and a half minutes – including two Elizabeth Line trains per hour to T5. Journey times to Heathrow will be 27 minutes from Bond Street station, 35 minutes from Liverpool Street and only 39 minutes from Canary Wharf on a direct train. There is also an ambition to add further services in the future.

The airport says that a joint feasibility study is under way to look at delivering a further two Elizabeth Line trains per hour to T5, meaning eight Elizabeth Line trains per hour serving Heathrow, as well as additional work on developing western rail access to Heathrow.

An interchange at Old Oak Common will connect High Speed 2 to Heathrow via the Elizabeth Line in under 20 minutes, from 2026. Four Heathrow Express services from Paddington will continue to run every 15 minutes, offering a 15-minute connection between Heathrow and central London.


Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “This agreement is a big step forward. Together Heathrow, TfL and the DfT are working together to boost rail connections to the UK’s hub, giving our passengers more choices to travel sustainably between Heathrow and London.”

“With 22 trains per hour, an ambition to add even more services and easy to use Oyster and Contactless ticketing, Heathrow will be at the heart of an integrated transport network and our passengers will reap the benefits.”

Mike Brown, London’s transport commissioner, said: “We have been working with Heathrow on how we can deliver the best services for customers to and from the airport. It is great news that we can now confirm that the Elizabeth Line will serve all the terminals.”

In other news, from May 2018, new ticket readers will be installed at Heathrow, meaning passengers using Heathrow Express and TfL Rail between Paddington and Heathrow will be able to use pay-as-you-go Oyster or a contactless device.

Rail services to Heathrow from December 2019:

  • 12 Piccadilly Line trains per hour – six trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 4, and six trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 5
  • Six Elizabeth Line trains per hour – four trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 4, and two trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 5
  • Four Heathrow Express trains per hour – all trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 5.

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