Heathrow Connect - Heathrow Connect Rolling Stock - C

Heathrow Connect - C
Heathrow Connect Rolling Stock
Heathrow Connect used five-car Class 360/2 electric multiple units. Four were built by Siemens Mobility in Krefeld, Germany for Angel Trains as demonstrator Desiros. One was brought to Northampton Kings Heath Siemens Depot in 2002 before South West Trains' Class 450s were delivered. The others were used at the Wildenrath Test Centre.
All four were purchased by Heathrow Connect and rebuilt before being sent to England. A fifth five-car set was delivered in November 2005, but did not enter service until December 2006. A fifth carriage was added to the original four four-car sets in 2006.
  • 360/2 Desiro   EMU   London Paddington – Heathrow Terminal 4   2004–2005
Replacement by TfL Rail
On 20 May 2018, TfL Rail took over the services operated by Heathrow Connect as a precursor to the full opening of the Elizabeth line, which at that time was expected to take place in December 2018.
Fares on the service were integrated into the TfL fare scheme, and therefore matched the fare scheme of London Underground services, with the exception of a premium for single journeys to and from Heathrow using Pay As You Go (Oyster and contactless). Passengers are able to use Oyster cards, Travelcards and Freedom Passes to travel between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow.
TfL Rail had originally planned to replace the Class 360 units with Class 345s, but due to delays with the signalling system in the Heathrow Airport tunnels and late delivery of Class 345 units, a contingency plan was implemented.
The Class 360s were used between London Paddington and Heathrow, supplemented by two Class 345 trains per hour running between London Paddington and the extended bay platform at Hayes & Harlington, until enough Class 345s were delivered. The Class 360s were fully replaced in September 2020.
For the eventual opening of the core of the Elizabeth line in May 2022, the service was given Elizabeth line branding and train paths were extended via the new tunnels at Paddington through Central London, calling at stations such as Bond Street, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf to Abbey Wood. When the line opens fully, eastbound trains from Heathrow will terminate at Shenfield or Abbey Wood.
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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