Transport for London (TfL) has provided details of Elizabeth Line tariffs on the key Central London to Heathrow Airport sector.
According to the Evening Standard, passengers taking the Elizabeth Line will pay a surcharge. but it will still be a lot less than taking the premium and non-stop Heathrow Express service.
The peak hour one-way fare will be £12.10. This is slightly more expensive than Heathrow Connect (the multi-stop service from Paddington), but much more expensive than the slower Piccadilly Line.
Presumably the fare at off-peak times will be lower.
It had been thought Elizabeth Line would be charging regular TfL fares throughout its entire network.
But it has, unsurprisingly, fallen in line with other air-rail services. It means passengers will be charged extra for the final leg into the airport stations.
As Business Traveller reported in our earlier news piece, the Elizabeth Line is not scheduled to run as far as Heathrow Airport until December 2019.
From December 2018 the Elizabeth Line will link the East of the capital to Paddington station from where Heathrow-bound passengers switch to Heathrow Express to continue their journey.
Heathrow Express is confident that airline passengers will continue to use its service after December 2019. It will provide a dedicated non-stop service with more space for passengers and their luggage.
On the other hand it will surely have to revise its tariffs to remain competitive with Elizabeth Line. Details are awaited.
Ticket barriers are already being installed at the Heathrow stations. They will become operational in May. Ticket barriers at Paddington (for the airport trains) will become active in September.