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Slough is for connecting to the Great Western not South West Trains. I have done this before but it’s not especially convenient as most trains coming from the West and Wales don’t stop at Slough. Reading is normally the final stop before London so you would use the Railair bus instead. The Slough buses have the advantage of being cheaper though and more frequent.
On a separate point, does anyone know if the new Elizabeth trains from Maidenhead will actually go via Heathrow or will Maidenhead trains bypass Heathrow? I ask because I am sure there must be plans to extend the Elizabeth lines to Reading as that would provide a far more convenient interchange.7 Jul 2017
There is more information on LHR rail services in the piece I wrote for our Online News.
LHR is a spur line. As I noted above it was funded by the former BAA and therefore does not form part of the national rail network.
Here’s the link with map with more details of TFL’s Elizabeth Line.7 Jul 2017
Last year it was confirmed that – following completion of the Reading station modernisation – the Elizabeth line will indeed run as far as Reading.
Heathrow is served by a branch off the Great Western Main Line – so some Elizabeth line trains will serve Heathrow and others will head towards Maidenhead and Reading – but it’s not possible for a train to serve both. Travelling from Maidenhead to Heathrow will be possible, but with a change of trains at Hayes & Harlington (as today, but more frequent, at least 4 connections per hour).
There are also future plans for a Western Rail Link which would plug the Great Western Main Line (near Langley) directly into T5, but these are still some way from fruition (and still require funding). I think a Network Rail consultation on a potential scheme is due later this year.7 Jul 2017
With the rail improvements comes the news that the government wants to levy a congestion/pollution fee to access LHR by car.
It could be as high as £15.7 Jul 2017
Glad to hear that the Elizabeth line will go out to Reading.
One thing that strikes me about the new line is that it may not be that fast. Does anyone know if the new trains are faster than current trains? I am familiar with the Reading to Paddington line and currently a stopping train takes about 1 hour 10 mins in total.7 Jul 2017
£15 to enter Heathrow in a vehicle!!!
1. That should kill the need for a third runway, stone dead, as short-haul flights die.
2. Completely block Hounslow as passengers catch the tube for the last few miles.
3. Help Gatwick get permission for their second runway.
4. Will the £15 charge apply to horse and carriages? Get dropped off in Colnbrook and continue by carriage….just like in the 17th century across Hounslow Heath!!
Farcical…..7 Jul 2017
In answer to someones question previously I have preferred Uber to Black Cabs when I have needed to go to one location in town as they are much cheaper and when you have started your own business every £ matters ….
They were fast efficient easy to find and I have to say the system worked perfectly from LHR T2 and around London too so can’t fault them at all9 Jul 2017
A top tip from me, are for those people using the Piccadilly line and then transferring onto the District line,use Baron Court rather than one of the busier interchanges. Dependant on direction of travel, you don’t need to lug luggage upstairs etc, just cross the same platform and wait. Not sure if Gloucester Road is the same?9 Jul 2017
Yes, Barons Court is a quieter alternative to Hammersmith when switching between District and Piccadilly lines – and also with the benefits of a cross platform interchange.
However, I tend to use South Kensington because I’m travelling light and it’s a little quicker. There are more District line trains there as well as the Circle line trains also available. It also avoids the District through Earl’s Court which can be painfully slow. The interchange is relatively smooth too.
But Gloucester Road is best avoided – it requires a lift plus stairs and makes for a cumbersome interchange.10 Jul 2017