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Piccadilly Line strike now on until Friday afternoon – no trains to Heathrow

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If you haven’t seen this in the press, or had expected it to be called off as usually happens, there is an all-out Piccadilly Line strike now on.

It started at 1pm today and will continue until mid-afternoon on Friday.

A skeleton service will run from Friday afternoon to Friday evening.

Another all-out strike will begin at 10pm on Friday evening, concluding on Saturday morning.

Piccadilly Line strike now on

The easiest alternative route, unless you want to pay £22 for the Heathrow Express (tickets bookable online here), is the TFL Rail (ex Heathrow Connect) service from Paddington.  This is £10.20 each way but is included in the £12.50 Zone 1-6 Pay As You Go cap.

Here is the full TFL announcement:

“We advise people to complete journeys on the Piccadilly line by 13:00 on Wednesday 26 September, and to use alternative routes on Tube, Rail and bus networks throughout the strike.

We don’t expect to resume services until the afternoon of Friday 28 September. Between 15:30 and 22:00 on Friday, we plan to run a frequent Cockfosters-Heathrow shuttle service, and a Rayners Lane-Acton Town shuttle service approximately every 12 minutes.

Customers for the Uxbridge branch should use the Metropolitan line.

The strike will then resume on the evening of Friday 28 September. Please complete your journey by 22:00. There will be no Night Tube service on Friday.

By 07:30 on Saturday 29 September, a normal service will operate between Heathrow and Cockfosters.  By 08:30 on Saturday, we expect to run a normal service between Acton Town and Uxbridge.

During the strike, interchange stations along the Piccadilly line will be much busier than usual, particularly Finsbury Park, King’s Cross St Pancras, Green Park and Hammersmith. Other lines are also likely to be busier than usual.

After 22:00 on Wednesday 26 September there will be no Metropolitan line service between Aldgate and Wembley Park due to planned works.”

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Comments (35)

  • IslandDweller says:

    The tfl (formerly Connect) service is fine if you’re easily connected to Paddington. But if you’re on the Southbank, the Waterloo train to Feltham (then bus) is quicker and cheaper.

    • Lady London says:

      You can catch Heathrow connect/tfl rail to Heathrow from Ealing Broadway on the Central Line and also on the District Line. You don;t have to start in Paddington. Just make sure you take a train whose destination is Ealing Broadway and not one that goes up the Ruislip branch if Central, same for District Line where you want Ealing Broadway trains. Then at Ealing Broadway just leave the Tube train (sorry, RussellH!) go up the stairs and down again to the other platform for the train to LHR.

      No worries about accidentally choosing to go to Ealing Common (which is about 1 mile away from the centre of Ealing and Ealing Broadway station) because, of course, Ealing Common is on the Piccadilly Line and that’s the one that is on strike..!

      • ADS says:

        as long as you can actually board trains at Ealing Broadway (that they haven’t already filled up at Paddington) ?!

        • Lady London says:

          I haven’t had that problem yet.. .but I may have missed the worst of the rush hour. People do often get out of the train at Ealing Broadway that started at Paddington, as it’s only one 1 stop from Paddington, takes about 15min IIRC and is by far the fastest way of getting to Ealing from town. personally could be a bunfight getting on at Paddington as well. Once you’re at Ealing Broadway you do have other ways to get to Heathrow easier than from Paddington although other ways are of course slower.

  • Andy S says:

    Slightly OT – this reminds me, there are now ticket gates on the train platforms at heathrow for HEX/TFL. Can you still use these to shuttle between T23 and T4 or T5 ? Does this work the same as the tube in that you touch in with oyster or credit card and touch out again for a zero rated journey ?

    • John says:

      Yes oyster or bank card works, or you can press a button to get a free ticket that gets you through the barriers at both stations.

  • ADS says:

    The TfL website says “Underground tickets are being accepted on TfL Rail between Paddington and Heathrow, South Western Railways between Waterloo and Feltham via Hounslow, the Overground, Great Northern and local bus services.”

    so this is probably one of the rare occasions where you are better off buying a paper ticket (if you are making a single journey), rather than using Oyster/Contactless (which would result in you being charged the higher TfLRail fare).

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