Future engineering work

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Major engineering work to / from London Paddington from Tuesday 24 to Tuesday 31 December

Start date
24/12/2019  00:00
End date
31/12/2019 
Route affected
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All Great Western Railway routes to / from London Paddington

Heathrow Express between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 5

TfL Rail between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington / Heathrow Terminal 4 / Reading

 
TOC(s) affected
Great Western RailwayHeathrow ExpressTfL Rail
Description

Major engineering work is taking place over the Christmas period between London Paddington and Slough / Heathrow Airport. All lines will be closed from Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 December and 2 of the 4 of lines will be available from Saturday 28 to Tuesday 31 December.

There will be no train service on the 25th or 26th of December.

Great Western Railway

Tuesday 24 December ( early morning):

The 00:17 Reading to London Paddington and the 00:34 London Paddington to Reading services will run as normal, and will be the last trains to run to / from London Paddington.

After this time, trains won’t run between London Paddington and Slough / Reading.

Tuesday 24th & Friday 27th December:

No trains will run to / from London Paddington.

Local train services will run between Slough and Reading, and an amended service will run between Reading and Newbury / Bedwyn / Didcot Parkway / Oxford / Banbury.

High Speed services that usually run to / from London Paddington will be amended to run to / from Reading.

Bus services will run between Maidenhead / Marlow and High Wycombe for you to connect with Chiltern Railways services to / from London Marylebone.

South Western Railway will also run extra services between Reading and London Waterloo, and also between Windsor & Eton Riverside and London Waterloo.

Saturday 28th December

Until 04:00, buses will replace trains between London Paddington and Slough.

All day, a reduced and amended timetable will operate across most routes of the Great Western Railway network.

Trains will not run between West Ealing and Greenford. Customers should use London Buses and London Underground to complete your journey.

Sunday 29th December

A reduced and amended timetable will operate across most routes of the Great Western Railway network.

Monday 30th December

A reduced and amended timetable will operate across most routes of the Great Western Railway network.

Trains will not run between West Ealing and Greenford. Customers should use London Buses and London Underground to complete your journey.

Tuesday 31st December

A reduced and amended timetable will operate across most routes of the Great Western Railway network.

Until early afternoon, trains will not run between West Ealing and Greenford. Customers should use London Buses and London Underground to complete your journey.

Heathrow Express:

Tuesday 24 & Friday 27 December:

No Heathrow Express trains will run between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport.

An amended shuttle train service will operate between Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5.

Customers should make alternative travel arrangements for journeys to / from Heathrow Airport.

Saturday 28th to Monday 30th December

An amended train service will operate between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 5. Trains will be retimed and depart every 30 minutes, instead of the usual 15 minutes.

An amended train service will also operate between Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5.

Customers should make alternative travel arrangements for journeys to / from Heathrow Airport.

Tuesday 31st December

An amended train service will operate between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 5. Trains will be retimed and depart every 30 minutes, instead of the usual 15 minutes.

The first train from London Paddington will be at 05:25 and then every 30 minutes until 13:55. After this time the normal 15 minute service will resume.

The first train from Heathrow Terminal 5 will be at 05:12, then every 30 minutes until 14:12. After this time the normal 15 minutes service will resume.

Until early afternoon, an amended train service will operate between Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5.

TfL Rail:

Tuesday 24th & Friday 27th December:

Trains will not run between London Paddington and Slough / Heathrow Airport, however TfL Rail will run an amended train service between Slough and Reading.

Rail replacement buses will run between:

  • Hillingdon and Slough for connections to London Underground services, and also between Ealing Broadway and Slough
  • Hayes & Harlington and Slough
  • Ealing Broadway and Slough
  • Slough to Slough circular via Langley and Iver

Saturday 28th until 13:00 on Tuesday 31 December

A reduced service will operate between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport. The London Paddington - Hayes & Harlington services will not run.

Trains will not call at Hanwell, West Ealing and Acton Main Line

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

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

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time, unless fully folded. More travel advice for your replacement bus journey is available by selecting the Train Operating Company you are travelling with 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%.