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News: no Heathrow tubes over Easter, save £30 on selected Virgin Atlantic US routes

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News in brief:

No London Underground service to Heathrow over Easter

London Underground is planning substantial line closures over Easter for engineering work.

The key one for HfP readers is the closure of the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Heathrow from Friday 15th to Monday 18th April.

I couldn’t find any confirmation of whether special buses will run from Acton Town or whether you would need to take existing local buses. (EDIT: there are rail replacement buses – see the comments.)

Heathrow Express and TfL Rail will continue to serve the airport from Paddington.

There will also be a large number of other partial line closures, as well as the total closure of the Hammersmith & City Line for four days.

The full list of upcoming closures can be found here (PDF).

Piccadilly Line closures to Heathrow Airport over Easter

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Comments (8)

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  • Ross says:

    I work for LU, info re the replacement buses for the Easter closure as follows:

    Rail replacement bus and coach services:
    • Bus Service PL-1: Acton Town – South Ealing – Northfields – Boston Manor – Osterley – Hounslow East – Hounslow Central – Hounslow West – Hatton Cross – Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 (Central Bus Station). Late night buses will extend to/from Heathrow Terminal 5.
    • Coach Service PL-3: Hammersmith – Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 (Central Bus Station), non-stop.
    Advice to passengers:
    • Passengers travelling between central London and Heathrow Terminals 2, 3 and 5 must be advised to use TfL Rail services to/from London Paddington.
    • Passengers travelling between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 must be advised to use rail replacement coach service PL-3.
    Additional passenger journey time: 45 minutes.

    • Rob says:

      Thanks

      • Nick says:

        “Must be advised to use TfL rail…”
        Does that mean you’ll charge them tube fares, or only the scam-expensive rail ones?

        • Ross says:

          There is ticket acceptance in place for paper LU tickets on the TfL rail that weekend. Granted most people would use Oyster or Contactless, sometimes they can set it so that the tube fare is charged as it’s the advertised alternative route. Not sure if that’s the case over Easter but I’ll try and find out.

          • Cornell says:

            @Ross – were you able to find anything re TFL rail fees over easter?

  • Aslan says:

    From TFL website

    Replacement buses operate
    Service PL1: Acton Town – South Ealing – Northfields – Boston Manor – Osterley – Hounslow East – Hounslow Central – Hounslow West – Hatton Cross – Heathrow Central Bus Station (for Terminals 2 and 3 and daytime rail connections to Heathrow Terminal 5). Late night journeys also serve Heathrow Terminal 5
    Service PL2: Hammersmith – Heathrow Terminal 5
    Service PL3: Hammersmith – Heathrow Central Bus Station (for Terminals 2 and 3)

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