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No Piccadilly Line to LHR May 27-29

PICCADILLY LINE: Saturday 27 May, from 0445 and all day Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May, no service between Acton Town and Heathrow, all terminals (including Saturday Night Tube). Replacement buses operate. Please use the Elizabeth line between Central London and Heathrow where possible.

Replacement buses operateService PL1: Acton Town - South Ealing - Northfields - Boston Manor - Osterley - Hounslow East - Hounslow Central (Bell Corner) - Hounslow West - Hatton Cross - Heathrow Central Bus Station (for Terminals 2 and 3) - and to/from Heathrow Terminal 5 during Night Tube hours only.Service PL3: Limited service between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 2&3 only, during the day. Please use the Elizabeth line between Central London and Heathrow where possible.

PICCADILLY LINE: Saturday 27 May, between 0030 and 0445, no service between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminal 5 (including Friday Night Tube). Replacement buses operate.

Replacement buses operateService PL1: Hammersmith - Turnham Green - Acton Town - South Ealing - Northfields - Boston Manor - Osterley - Hounslow East - Hounslow Central (Bell Corner) - Hounslow West - Hatton Cross - Heathrow Central Bus Station (for Terminals 2 and 3) - Heathrow Terminal 5

https://tfl.gov.uk/tube-dlr-overground/status/?Input=&lineIds=&dateTypeSelect=Future%20date&direction=&startDate=2023-05-27T00%3a00%3a00&endDate=2023-05-27T23%3a59%3a59#line-lul-piccadilly

If the link does not work for you, go to tfl.gov.uk & select "status updates". Once that page opens select "future dates" and select May 27.

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358 posts

Unless you absolutely need to, don't use the replacement bus service that goes to each station - it takes an age. A regular bus will be a lot quicker. And if you have an Elizabeth line option, definitely take that - it's a real shame they aren't dropping the fare to the Underground rate for these days

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2764 posts

Thanks for the warining... I arrive Saturday and picked my hotel just becasue it was on the Piccadilly line.... SIGH! Working on my options now (and no it won't be a bus :))

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6464 posts

The non stop PL3 bus to Hammersmith is timed as taking 26 minutes.

The other way round it is Elizabeth Line to Ealing Broadway then District Line to Hammersmith then Piccadilly Line forward.

The following weekend, as was also posted yesterday, the Piccadilly is closed all Saturday and Sunday between Acton Town and Hyde Park Corner.

That weekend the replacement bus routes will be-
Service DL1 (between 0100 and 0500 Saturday, 2300 Saturday and 0500 Sunday, and after 2330 Sunday approximately): Hyde Park Corner - Knightsbridge - South Kensington - Gloucester Road - Earls Court (for West Kensington) - Hammersmith (for Barons Court) - Ravenscourt Park - Stamford Brook - Turnham Green - Chiswick Park - Acton Town Service DL1 (at other times): Earls Court (for West Kensington) - Hammersmith (for Barons Court) - Ravenscourt Park - Stamford Brook - Turnham Green - Chiswick Park - Acton Town DL9 (daytime only): Hammersmith - Acton Town, non-stop. Please use the Elizabeth line between Central London and Heathrow where possible.

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43 posts

Thanks for sharing. That’s very unfortunate, we arrive in Heathrow on the 28th. One reason we picked an apartment right by Russell Sq was the direct line from Heathrow and now the Heathrow Express tickets are 5x the price they were a few months ago.

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6464 posts

This is the timetable for the all stations bus Heathrow to Acton-
https://bustimes.org/services/pl-1-acton-town-heathrow-airport

Stop 5 at Heathrow Central Bus Station is one kept specifically for Rail Replacement Buses.

Using the express bus to Hammersmith adds at most 10 to 15 minutes on to the journey time, or there is always the Elizabeth Line to Tottenham Court Road.

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43 posts

Anyone know if we do Heathrow Express instead how easy it is to find a taxi out front? We’ll have kids and luggage so I really don’t want to do a route that requires a metro change or over a mile walk and those are the only other options I see.

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5356 posts

The taxi rank at Paddington is above platform 12. There are lifts available - just follow the signs.

You may find references online to it being near platform 1 - these are well out of date. The Elizabeth line station is in this space today.

Posted by
366 posts

Thank you for the information. Arriving at Heathrow on May 29th. I appreciate the heads up!

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366 posts

So after I land at Heathrow I can put money on my Oyster card, get on the Elizabeth line, and then switch to the the District line at Ealing Broadway and continue on to my destination (Westminster Tube Stop)?

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6464 posts

@Mary C- yes, that's right to Westminster. Barely any delay to the overall journey. Clearly more expensive as you pay Elizabeth Line, not tube fares.
Ealing Broadway is a station where all the platforms are above ground. And there are now elevators/lifts between platforms. It's all a very easy change- only slightly harder than Hammersmith/Barons Court where you would have been changing anyway.
TfL are giving the faster route to Westminster as Elizabeth Line to Bond Street, then Jubilee Line to Westminster- but under the circumstances I would favour the Ealing route as I'm on the district line from it's starting point, and, in my opinion, is the easier change point.
Like so many London journeys it's all a matter of personal preference.

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5356 posts

One thing to always bear in mind with the Elizabeth line and connections to other services is that the trains are over 200m long and the platforms longer than that. Pick the wrong end and it is a long walk, quite often on top of an equally long walk if you were actually in the right part of the train, especially in the core stations. For example the Elizabeth line - Jubilee at Bond Street is a bit under 4 minutes in the optimum place (back - carriage 9) and step free access requires 2 lifts.

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2764 posts

So I took the route suggested above (Elizabeth to Ealing Broadway then District to Earls Court. ) Easy.

Thanks

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3812 posts

Thank you, VAP!!

For anyone needing alternative transportation.......
Keep in mind there is a coach (bus) that leaves from Heathrow coach station and goes DIRECTLY, NO STOPS to Victoria Coach Station, which is across the street from Victoria Train Station in central London.

(Likewise, it can be taken directly from Victoria Coach Station to Heathrow.)

From there, it's easy to take a taxi to one's hotel. Or you could walk, take the tube, or take a London city bus.
Victoria Coach Station is in the lower left corner of this bus routes map:
https://content.tfl.gov.uk/bus-route-maps/key-bus-routes-in-central-london.pdf

To take the coach from Heathrow, you just walk up and buy a ticket at the Heathrow coach station ticket window. Make sure you tell the worker at the ticket window that you want the coach that goes directly to Victoria Coach Station.
Coaches pull into the stalls right outside. There are two different stations at Heathrow. We use the one at T5. Follow the signs in the terminal to find it. The other station is Heathrow Central Bus Station, located between Terminals 2 and 3 and right above the London Underground station.
It cost us 6 pounds each to travel into London this way. Cheaper than taking Heathrow Express or a car service.

For those who want a car service, I recommend Blackberry Cars. Book ahead of time, even if it is only 24 hours beforehand.
https://www.blackberrycars.com/

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£6 is not a flat fare on National Express. Especially at times of service disruption National Express are very good at putting their fares up.
On some routes they can be as much as quadrupled on rail strike days.
But even when there is no rail disruption different routes have different fares, up to £12.50- for no very obvious reason except that all coaches have come from somewhere else before Heathrow, and it seems to depend on how full they are from their more distant start points. You can even have two coaches leaving at the same time with very different fares!
Almost all coaches from Heathrow also have a set down for hand luggage only point of Earls Court, if it is needed. They won't stop there if no passengers want it, but it is there in the timetable. In my experience that happens more often on the way in than on the way out.
That can be a useful option.