Transport for London will tomorrow takes over rail services from Paddington through Ealing borough to Heathrow Airport. Heathrow Connect services will cease and fares reduce.
Great Western Rail services from Paddington to Hayes and Harlington will also transfer. The line recently saw introduction of longer, cleaner electric trains after being electrified.
The list of benefits are:
- Use pay as you go between Paddington and Heathrow on TfL Rail service
- The pay as you go fare between London and Heathrow is £10.10 off peak and £10.20 peak: £10.30 paper ticket.
- You can use Travelcards including Zone 6 on TfL Rail to Heathrow
- All stations will be staffed from the first train to the last. This has actually already occured since TfL begun operating stations back in December (but not trains until now)
Heathrow Connect had one of the worst reliability records of any UK rail operation. GWR operated the service and any driver shortage would see them shuft away from Heath Connect to GWR services with cancellations the result. That would then leave only the expensive Heathrow Express (which TfL are not taking over) or the slow Piccadilly Line.
Unfortunately, upgrade work to stations along the line in relation to Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) services has been delayed.