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.

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.

Piccadilly Line strike now on

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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  1. Sir Richard says:

    I’m quite happy for any virgins – sorry, virgin Londoners – to make use of my Limo bike service if they don’t mind putting a few pounds into my island rebuild crowd funding website.

  2. Lady London says:

    I think the 140 bus and various buses from Uxbridge (reachable except late at night via Metropolitan line) also can get you to Heathrow from other London Underground stations.

    I’d recommend Heathrow Connect/TFL Rail from Ealing Broadway which is Zone 3.

    • 1nfrequent says:

      The Met Line closes between Aldgate and Wembley Park from about 10pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays but still runs from Wembley Park to Uxbridge until just after midnight. When you get to Uxbridge station, then there’s a bus station right outside it (as you leave the barriers, turn right and the exit leads straight into the bus station) and the A10 and U3 buses run to Heathrow Central every 15 minutes. A10 is faster than the U3 by about 10 – 15 minutes. Bus fare is a flat £1.50. If you need to get to Terminal 5 then A10 to Stockley Park (there are 3 stops there so you can get off at any of them) and switch to the 350, which takes you right outside Terminal 5. As long as you’re taking both buses in the same hour, you won’t pay more than £1.50.

  3. Surely that picture is S-Stock, not tube stock?

    • Yes it is. And your point is …?! 🙂

      • +1
        It is tube stock! Its in LU livery and unless you get over technical – I use the “tube” every day and get on one of these!

        If you want to get all very technical and remind users that the Metropolitan Railway went beyond Aylesbury and on to Verney Junction – so cannot possibly be considered London or the Tube…..then thats pedantic and not worthy of this site 😉

        • Sorry, it is not Tube Stock. Surface stock has always been named with letters Q, R, H, C, D and most recently, S. Surface stock does not fit in a tube tunnel. Tube stock, which is designed for the deep tube lines, is named after the year of (nominal) introduction. The Piccadilly line uses 1973 Tube Stock. A story about the pic should be illustrated by a picture of a train that runs on the pic.

          You may call the Met, H+C, Circle and District “the tube”. Those who work for LU do not. Plenty of readers comment when the picture of an aircraft is slightly wrong. The difference between S Stock and 1973 tube stock is like the difference between a B 727 and an A380.

          • But the Piccadilly trains are really ugly and you got a picture of snazzy new ones instead! I know what they look like, I am in Knightbridge most mornings after dropping my kids at school.

        • So, negligible and nobody actually cares…?

        • Boy, I sure hope somebody got fired for that blunder

        • Pushes Up Specs Before Speaking says:

          The Metropolitan line runs past Liverpool street to Aldgate so has to be considered the tube as it runs underground, through tunnels and into the city.

        • Lady London says:

          Although not quite as entertaining as the gynormous “CATHAY PACIIC” Cathay just paid to have painted on one of their planes…. er… And it got wheeled out of the hangar with that gynormous spelling mistake emblazoned on the plane…!

      • I think Russell is a railway enthusiast…and that’s the whole point 🙂

        • Someone unexciting says:

          Russell, as “someone who worked on the tube” until very recently, let me assure you that both deep tube and SSR are referred to as “the tube” by everyone, including staff.

        • I think that is putting it a bit too strongly – I prefer knowledgeable.

          I do much prefer trains to planes, even though we grew up under the flightpath into LHR – in the days when there were many more manufacturers, shapes and designs up in the sky. Vivid memories of Lockheed Constellations which always sounded as if bits were about to fall off the plane, and the very first jet airliners…

          As for London Underground, I do joke about it being the family firm. One nephew is the third generation to work for them.

  4. Also another good route is the Waterloo to Feltham line, then bus from there.

    • Lady London says:

      Yes. However having spent a while working in Sunbury, the number 5nn bus that goes from Feltham/Sunbury to Heathrow/Hatton Cross, can sometimes be just missing on 2 out of its 3 20-minute rotations in any particular hour you may be desperate to get to the airport from Sunbury, at least… Thanks for clarifying that there is something from Feltham though.

  5. First I heard of it was at Green Park at 12.15 waiting for the next train. Must have literally caught the last one running to Heathrow T3.

    Now finally making some use of my PP in the Aspire.

  6. An ‘all-out’ strike of one grade of staff (well technically two).

  7. Thank goodness I saw this. Left office in Kings Cross (with laptop to work from home rest of week) at 4:30pm. Massive queue in tunnel to get the Victoria line. Turned around and got the Thameslink home. So pleased it runs near my home. Oh and the lovely TFL staff have closed the old short route to platforms making everyone go the new long route.

  8. It’s 2018: driverless trains, automated ticket machines only, robotic customer support and videochat links to Pune in event anything goes wrong…problem solved!

  9. 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..!

      • 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.

  10. 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 ?

    • 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.

  11. 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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