Future engineering work

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Major improvement work at London Paddington from Sunday 23 to Monday 31 December

Start date
23/12/2018  00:00
End date
31/12/2018 
Route affected
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Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Greenford / Windsor & Eton Central / Marlow / Henley-on-Thames / Reading / Didcot Parkway / Oxford / Worcester Shrub Hill / Hereford / Bristol Temple Meads / Cardiff Central / Swansea / Exeter St Davids / Plymouth / Penzance

Heathrow Express between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 5

TfL Rail between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 4

 
TOC(s) affected
Great Western RailwayHeathrow ExpressTfL Rail
Description

Engineering work is taking place between London Paddington and Slough. All lines to / from London Paddington will be closed on 23, 24 and 30 December and 2 out of 4 lines will be closed on 27, 28, 29 and 31 December.

Heathrow Express:

Sunday 23 to to Wednesday 26 December

No trains will run between London Paddington and Heathrow terminals.

Throughout this period a shuttle service will run between the terminal stations within the airport.

On Sunday 23 and Monday 24 December, valid tickets will be accepted on London Underground services on any reasonable route between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport.

On Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December, there is no alternative travel arrangements.

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December

A half hourly and retimed service will run between London Paddington and Heathrow terminals. 

Great Western Railway:

Sunday 23 to Monday 24 December, and on Sunday 30 December:

Long distance service between London Paddington and Worcester Shrub Hill / Hereford / Bristol Temple Meads / South Wales / South West England will run to / from Reading instead of London Paddington.

Local services between London Paddington and Reading / Didcot Parkway / Oxford will run to / from Slough instead of London Paddington. A reduced timetable will be operation.

Replacement buses will operate between:

  • Slough and Hillingdon for London Underground services.
  • Slough and Ealing Broadway, Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton and Langley. On Sunday evening and Monday morning, these buses will be extended to run between Slough and London Paddington.


Additional travel information

Customers traveling direct between Maidenhead or Marlow to London, can to use the direct bus service between Maidenhead and High Wycombe / Marlow and High Wycombe to connect with Chiltern Railway trains to / from London Marylebone.

Customers travelling direct between London and Oxford should use Chiltern Railways services.

Additionally:

On Sunday 23 December only:

  • Buses will replace trains between Slough and Burnham after 17:30.

 

On Monday 24 December only:

  • An hourly bus will run between West Drayton, Iver and Langley. Services will finish between 21:30 and 22:30.

 

On Sunday 30 December only:

  • Early morning trains to / from Burnham will be replaced by buses between Burnham and Slough, connecting with train services to / from Slough.

 

Ticket acceptance:

On Sunday 23 and Monday 24, and on Sunday 30 and Monday 31 December, the following ticket acceptance will apply. 

  • Customers travelling between Oxford (and to / from stations towards Hereford) and London can use Chiltern Railways service between Oxford and London Marylebone.
  • Customers can also use Chiltern Railways services between High Wycombe and London Paddington.
  • Customers travelling to / from Windsor can use South Western Railway services between Windsor & Eton Riverside and London Waterloo. These service are affected by engineering work in the London Waterloo area. 
  • Customers travelling between London and South West England are advised to use South Western Railway services between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids.
  • Customers travelling between London and Reading can use South Western Railway services between Reading and London Waterloo.
  • Valid tickets will be accepted on London Underground services between Hillingdon / Ealing Broadway and London to help you complete your journey at no extra cost.

 

Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December:

There are no trains running on the Great Western Railway network on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

 

Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 December:

A reduced service of four trains per hour (2 local and 2 long distance) will operate between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway / Oxford.

Train services between London Paddington and Newbury / Bedwyn will operate between Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn only.

Services between London Paddington and Greenford will not run.

On Saturday after 22:00 London Paddington - Reading / Didcot Parkway services will NOT call at Burnham and Taplow. Customers should use replacement bus service between Slough and Burnham and Taplow.

 

Monday 31 December:

A reduced service of four trains per hour (2 local and 2 long distance) will operate between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway / Oxford,

Train services between London Paddington and Newbury / Bedwyn will operate between Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn only.

Services between London Paddington and Greenford will run.

 

"Night Riviera" Sleeper service:

The "Night Riviera" Sleeper service between London Paddington and Penzance will run on Friday 21 December, and will then restart on the evening of Tuesday 1 January. Between these dates, the sleeper service will not operate.

 

TfL Rail:

Sunday 23 to Wednesday 26 and 30 December:

No TfL Rail services will operate London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 4.

GWR buses will serve all stations apart from Heathrow, Hanwell and West Ealing. You should use the rail replacement bus service or local buses for onward journeys.

Customers for Heathrow are advised to use Piccadilly line services to Heathrow terminals or local bus 105 from Southall or bus 140 from Hayes & Harlington to Heathrow Central bus station.

Thursday 27 until Saturday 29 and Monday 31 December Friday 28 December:

A reduced service of two trains per hour will run between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 4. No trains will call at Acton Mainline, West Ealing or Hanwell. Customers at Acton Mainline, West Ealing and Hanwell should use local bus services to complete their journey.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey with Great Western Railway and Heathrow Express using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

If you are travelling with TfL Rail, up to Friday 28 December, you can plan journeys using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find out where the replacement buses will depart from by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

You can plan your journey on London Underground by using the Transport for London Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

The Crossrail Project is building the Elizabeth line to link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via new 21km tunnels under central London. This will increase London's rail capacity, cut passenger journey times across the city, encourage regeneration and generate significant employment opportunities.

This project is part of the London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30%.