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Heathrow Connect - B
Heathrow Connect Operations
Heathrow Connect Route
Heathrow Connect used the relief lines of the Great Western Main Line between Paddington and Airport Junction, replacing some stopping services operated by First Great Western Link. As part of the original Heathrow Express project, these lines were electrified at 25 kV AC overhead as a diversionary route, and feature Automatic Train Protection. An additional flyover bridge was built in 2008 as part of Crossrail works to enable trains to enter or leave the airport spur without crossing any of the Great Western Main Line tracks.
Services initially terminated at Heathrow Central. Following Heathrow Express services being diverted to Terminal 5, from March 2008 Heathrow Connect services were extended to Terminal 4.
The service pattern, as of October 2016, was as follows:
  • Monday-Saturday, Heathrow Connect services ran half-hourly between Paddington and Heathrow Central (for terminals 2 & 3), stopping at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall and Hayes & Harlington. In early mornings and late evenings, some Heathrow Connect services were extended beyond Heathrow Central to either Terminal 4 or Terminal 5.
  • On Sundays, all Heathrow Connect services were extended to Terminal 4, but did not call at West Ealing or Hanwell. Service frequency was also reduced from half-hourly to hourly.
Heathrow Area Rail Services Legend
Miles from Paddington
        Elizabeth line via Whitechapel
0-0   Paddington
Heathrow Express
Elizabeth line
Old Oak Common   (under construction)
4-21 Acton Main Line
5-56 Ealing Broadway
6-46 West Ealing
7-28 Hanwell
9-6 Southall
10-71 Hayes & Harlington
        Piccadilly line to Cockfosters
11-10 Airport Junction
Elizabeth Line to Reading
GWML to Bristol
Hatton Cross
Heathrow Junction (closed 1998)
Heathrow Airport: Airport interchange
Terminal 4
16-30   Terminal 4
Terminals 2 & 3
14-40   Terminals 2 & 3
16-20   Terminal 5
Heathrow Connect Overview
Heathrow Connect Franchise(s):
Open access operator
Not subject to franchising
12 June 2005 - 19 May 2018
Heathrow Connect Main Route(s):
London Paddington – Heathrow Airport terminal 4
Heathrow Connect Fleet Size: 5 Class 360s
Heathrow Connect Stations Called At: 8
Heathrow Connect Parent Company:
Heathrow Airport Holdings
First Great Western
Heathrow Connect Reporting Mark: HC
Heathrow Connect Successor: TfL Rail
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