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Elizabeth Line journey times to Heathrow cut from today – but T5 loses Canary Wharf services

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Elizabeth Line train times to Heathrow will be cut from today, 21st May, when the final timetable is introduced.

For the first time, trains are running on all branches throughout the entire line. This means that services from Shenfield 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 now run semi-fast between Paddington and Heathrow T2/3 and T5. They will only stop at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Hayes & Harlington.

Journey times for these two hourly services are timetabled at as little as 24 minutes from Paddington to Terminals 2/3 and 29 minutes to Terminal 5.

Apart from these two fast hourly services, two slower Elizabeth Lines trains will continue to serve all stations between Paddington and Terminals 2/3 and Terminal 4.

Other benefits of the changes today are 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 are no longer 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.

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  • Degsy says:

    Appreciate they’re not mutually exclusive but if only they’d invest the same sort of money in something similar across our Northern cities. My son at Man Uni has only needed to buy one ticket since the start of 2022 to get home to Nottingham because he keeps getting refunds for delayed service. He’s done the journey at least a dozen times.

  • Antony Savvas says:

    Funny, how on the day this article was published, it took me an hour to travel from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5 using the free Elizabeth and Express services – one stop to Terminal 2/3, then one stop to Terminal 5. Waits, cancellations and overcrowding, there are no excuses for this ridiculousness, the faces on the tourists and business travellers to this country said it all!

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