Elizabeth Line journey times to Heathrow to be cut – but Terminal 5 loses Canary Wharf services
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According to My London, Elizabeth Line train times to Heathrow will be cut from May when the final timetable is introduced.
For the first time, trains will run on all branches throughout the entire line. This means that services from Shenfield will now continue onto the Western branch instead of terminating at Paddington.
With some jiggery pokery of track rights, two trains per hour from Shenfield will run semi-fast between Paddington and Heathrow. They will only stop at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Hayes & Harlington.
Journey times for these two hourly services are expected to be 25 minutes from Paddington to Terminals 2/3 and 30 minutes to Terminal 5.
Apart from these two hourly services, other Elizabeth Lines trains will continue to serve all stations between Paddington and the airport.
Other benefits of the changes will be direct trains from Stratford, Ilford and Romford to Heathrow and the removal of the waiting that often occurs on Elizabeth Line trains at Paddington whilst other trains are given priority.
The downside is that there will no longer be direct services between Canary Wharf and Terminal 5 except for some early morning and late evening services. Trains to the airport on the Canary Wharf branch will now terminate at Terminal 4.