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Encyclopedia > Heathrow Connect
Image:Heathrow connect logo.PNG
Franchise(s): Not subject to franchising;
12. June 2005 –
Main route(s): London Paddington - Heathrow Airport
Other route(s): None
Fleet size: 5 Class 360 sets (one in storage)
Stations: 7 (none operated)
Parent company: BAA plc/First Great Western
Web site: www.heathrowconnect.com

Heathrow Connect is a train service in London, connecting Heathrow Airport with Paddington station. It is a joint venture between First Great Western and BAA. The service follows the same route as the faster Heathrow Express service but serves intermediate stations on its route, thus connecting several locations in west London with each other, the airport, and central London. It normally leaves from Platform 11 at Paddington. Image File history File links Heathrow_connect_logo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 860 KB) Heathrow Connect Class 360 EMU 360201 at London Paddington station. ... Paddington Station, March 2005 during rush hour Paddington station or London Paddington station is a major National Rail and London Underground station complex in the Paddington area of London. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL), often referred to as Heathrow, is the third busiest airport in the world, after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Chicago OHare. ... Class 360, no. ... BAA plc is the owner and operator of seven major United Kingdom airports and operator of several airports worldwide, making the company one of the largest transport companies in the world. ... First Great Western is a British train operating company owned by First Group, which operates services principally on the Great Western Main Line. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL), often referred to as Heathrow, is the third busiest airport in the world, after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Chicago OHare. ... Paddington Station, March 2005 during rush hour Paddington station or London Paddington station is a major National Rail and London Underground station complex in the Paddington area of London. ... First Great Western is a British train operating company owned by First Group, which operates services principally on the Great Western Main Line. ... BAA plc is the owner and operator of seven major United Kingdom airports and operator of several airports worldwide, making the company one of the largest transport companies in the world. ... Heathrow Express is a train service from Heathrow Airport to Paddington in central London operated by the Heathrow Express Operating Authority - a wholly-owned subsidiary of BAA. The service is not part of the National Rail system, despite part of its journey sharing track with National Rail trains and terminating...


The service, which was launched on 12 June 2005, makes use of new four-carriage Class 360 electric multiple-unit trains built by Siemens in Germany. A fifth set has been delivered, but it is a five-carriage train and can not be used until the opening of the Terminal 5 extension, as it will not fit in the headshunt at Heathrow. Once the extension opens, the original batch of units will be returned to Germany to have a fifth carriage inserted. June 12 is the 163rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (164th in leap years), with 202 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Class 360, no. ... A multiple unit is a passenger train whose carriages have their own motors, either diesel (DMUs) or electric (EMUs), and do not need to be hauled by a locomotive. ... Siemens AG (FWB:SIE, NYSE: SI) is the worlds largest electronics company. ...

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Fares

Fares between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington are the same as for First Great Western services, but the journey between Hayes and Heathrow adds £6. Travelcards are not valid on the service between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow, but can be used throughout the rest of the line. First Great Western is a British train operating company owned by First Group, which operates services principally on the Great Western Main Line. ... One Day Travelcard A Travelcard is an inter-modal ticket, valid for a period of time varying from one day to a year, for use on most public transport in London. ... Hayes and Harlington railway station is a railway station in Hayes and Harlington in the London Borough of Hillingdon. ...


The service is designed principally for the use of BAA staff and locals from West London for travel to Heathrow, and with a staff ID card, discounted fares are available for the journey between Hayes and Heathow. It is not intended to be used as a cheaper (but slower) alternative to the Heathrow Express service from Paddington to Heathrow: every Connect service is overtaken by an Express service en route, and at Paddington trains are advertised on Departures boards as terminating at Hayes and Harlington, with only a footnote mentioning that they also call at Heathrow. Heathrow Express is a train service from Heathrow Airport to Paddington in central London operated by the Heathrow Express Operating Authority - a wholly-owned subsidiary of BAA. The service is not part of the National Rail system, despite part of its journey sharing track with National Rail trains and terminating...


Operation

The service uses the slow lines between Airport Junction and Paddington, replacing some stopping services operated by the former First Great Western Link. To access the airport spur, trains in both directions use the flyover from between the fast and slow lines, to avoid crossing the fast lines. At Heathrow, the trains reverse in the headshunt beyond the station at Terminals 1, 2, 3. When the service started, there was a problem with the signalling in the headshunt, and trains entering the headshunt were unable to leave it. The service was initially curtailed at Hayes and Harlington as a result, except for a few late-night and early-morning services. First Great Western Link is a train operating company owned by First Group that provides train services, on a franchise basis, from Paddington Station to destinations such as Slough, Reading, Didcot, Oxford, Basingstoke, Newbury, Bedwyn, Hereford, Worcester and Banbury. ...


It has been suggested that the Heathrow Connect be extended along the Hammersmith & City Line/Circle Line route from Paddington to Aldgate[citation needed], allowing for easier, direct access to Heathrow from the major London termini of Euston (via Euston Square), King's Cross, St. Pancras and Liverpool Street, without a lengthy interchange at London Paddington. However, the scheme has not yet been officially propagated. The Hammersmith and City Line is a line of the London Underground, coloured salmon pink on the Tube map, running between Hammersmith and Aldgate East, extending to Barking in the rush hours. ... The Circle Line of the London Underground became known as such in 1949, when it was separated from its parent lines, the Metropolitan Line and the District Line, although it had been shown on Underground maps since 1947. ... Facade of Euston Station, London Euston Arch: the original Euston Station, as enlarged, ca 1851 Euston station concourse Euston station (also known as London Euston), is a large railway station in Central London. ... Kings Cross or Kings Cross station is a railway station in the district of the same name in northeast central London. ... The Gothic Revival facade and clock tower of the disused Midland Hotel are the most visible part of St Pancras station. ... Liverpool Street station Liverpool Street station, also called London Liverpool Street, is a mainline railway station in the north eastern corner of the City of London, in the heart of the financial district, with entrances on Bishopsgate and Liverpool Street itself. ...


Heathrow Connect Route

  London Paddington
  Ealing Broadway
  West Ealing (closed Sundays)
  Hanwell (closed Sundays)
  Southall
  Hayes & Harlington
  Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3
  Free transfer to Terminal 4 is provided by the Heathrow Express.
Current scheduled passenger train operators in Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Domestic: Arriva Trains Wales - c2c - Central Trains - Chiltern Railways - First Capital Connect
First Great Western - First ScotRail - First TransPennine Express - Grand Central Railway1
GNER - Heathrow Connect - Hull Trains - Island Line2 - Merseyrail - Midland Mainline
Northern Rail - Northern Ireland Railways3 - 'one' - Silverlink - Southeastern - Southern
South West Trains2 - South Western4 - Virgin Trains
International: Enterprise3 - Eurostar
Airport Link: Gatwick Express - Heathrow Express - Stansted Express5
Sleeper: Caledonian Sleeper6 - Night Riviera7
1 Starts December 2006 – 2 Ends February 2007 – 3 Operated on the Irish railway network
4 Starts February 2007 – 5 Operated by 'one' – 6 Operated by First ScotRail
7 Operated by First Great Western

Paddington Station, March 2005 during rush hour Paddington station or London Paddington station is a major National Rail and London Underground station complex in the Paddington area of London. ... Ealing Broadway is a main line and London Underground railway station, in Ealing. ... West Ealing railway station was opened in 1871 as Castle Hill and Ealing Dene on the Great Western Railway, which was constructed from Paddington through Ealing to Bristol in 1836-8. ... Hanwell railway station is a railway station in Hanwell in the London Borough of Ealing. ... Southall railway station is a station in Southall, London. ... Hayes and Harlington railway station is a railway station in Hayes and Harlington in the London Borough of Hillingdon. ... Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3 is a railway station located in London Heathrow Airport. ... Heathrow Express is a train service from Heathrow Airport to Paddington in central London operated by the Heathrow Express Operating Authority - a wholly-owned subsidiary of BAA. The service is not part of the National Rail system, despite part of its journey sharing track with National Rail trains and terminating... Due to historical differences the railway network of the United Kingdom is split into two independent systems: one on the island of Great Britain and one in Northern Ireland, which is closely linked to the railway system of the Republic of Ireland. ... An Arriva train in North Wales Class 158, no. ... c2c is a train operating company that provides train services, on a franchise basis, on the London Tilbury & Southend Railway line from Fenchurch Street in the City of London to East London and the entire length of the northern Thames Gateway area including Basildon, Chafford Hundred (for Lakeside), Tilbury and... Central Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, running local and cross-country trains in central England. ... Chiltern Railways is a train operating company in England. ... First Capital Connect is a train operating company in the United Kingdom that began its passenger operations on the National Rail network at 02:00 BST 1 April 2006. ... First Great Western is a British train operating company owned by First Group, which operates services principally on the Great Western Main Line. ... First ScotRail is the brand under which First Group PLC runs its railway franchise to operate all domestic passenger services within Scotland, as well as the cross-border Caledonian Sleeper service to London, England. ... First TransPennine Express is a train operating company in the United Kingdom. ... The Grand Central Railway Company Ltd (Grand Central) is an open-access railway company that plans to run trains from Sunderland and Hartlepool to London from 2007. ... Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) is a British train operating company, owned by Sea Containers. ... Hull Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, running up to six long distance services each day between London Kings Cross and Hull, calling at Grantham, Retford, Doncaster, Selby, Howden and Brough. ... Island Line is the smallest of the Train Operating Companies that make up Britain’s National Rail network. ... Merseyrail is the name given to the electric commuter train network centred on Liverpool and Birkenhead. ... Midland Mainline (MML) is a British train operating company, created after the privatisation of British Rail. ... Northern Rail is a train operating company that has operated local services in the north of England since 2004. ... Northern Ireland Railways (NIR or NI Railways) – formerly, and very briefly, known as Ulster Transport Railways (UTR) – is the railway operator responsible for running the railway network in Northern Ireland. ... ‘one’ is the brand name of London Eastern Railway Ltd, which operates local, suburban and express services from London Liverpool Street in the City of London to East and North London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and East Anglia, otherwise known as the Greater Anglia network. ... Silverlink Trains is a regional franchise in the British railway system with routes in suburban London and from London to Northampton. ... Southeastern is a train operating company that began operations in south-east England on 1 April 2006, replacing the former publicly-owned operator South Eastern Trains. ... Southern is the latest name of the train operating company that took over from Connex South Central on the routes to South London, Surrey, and Sussex from Victoria and London Bridge. ... South West Trains (SWT) is a Train Operating Company operating in the United Kingdom, providing train services to the south-west of London, chiefly in Greater London and the counties of Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire (the area largely covered before 1923 by the London and South Western Railway... South Western is a rail franchise that is to combine South West Trains and Island Line into one new company. ... Virgin Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom. ... Enterprise is the cross-border train service between Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and Belfast in Northern Ireland. ... Eurostar is a train service that connects London (Waterloo station) with Paris (Gare du Nord), Lille and Brussels (Gare du Midi). ... Gatwick Express is the brand name of a National Express Group-operated railway service offering a frequent shuttle service between Victoria station in London and Gatwick Airport in South East England. ... Heathrow Express is a train service from Heathrow Airport to Paddington in central London operated by the Heathrow Express Operating Authority - a wholly-owned subsidiary of BAA. The service is not part of the National Rail system, despite part of its journey sharing track with National Rail trains and terminating... Stansted Express is the direct train service linking central London (Liverpool Street station) to Stansted Airport, one of Londons major air hubs. ... The Caledonian Sleeper is a sleeper train service operated by First ScotRail, one of two remaining sleeper services running on the railway in Great Britain (the other being the Night Riviera). ... The Night Riviera is a sleeper train service operated by First Great Western; it is one of only two remaining sleepers on the railway in Great Britain (the other being the Caledonian Sleeper). ... Most Rail services in Ireland are provided by Iarnród Éireann in the Republic of Ireland, and by Northern Ireland Railways in Northern Ireland. ... ‘one’ is the brand name of London Eastern Railway Ltd, which operates local, suburban and express services from London Liverpool Street in the City of London to East and North London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and East Anglia, otherwise known as the Greater Anglia network. ... First ScotRail is the brand under which First Group PLC runs its railway franchise to operate all domestic passenger services within Scotland, as well as the cross-border Caledonian Sleeper service to London, England. ... First Great Western is a British train operating company owned by First Group, which operates services principally on the Great Western Main Line. ...

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London Heathrow Airport: Information From Answers.com (4762 words)
Heathrow was an important symbolic target due to its importance to the UK economy and the massive disruption caused when areas of the airport were closed over the period.
However, Heathrow has the highest number of international passengers, making it the world's busiest international airport, and is claimed by its operator BAA to be "the hub of the aviation world".
Heathrow is accessible via the nearby M4 motorway and A4 road (terminals 1–3), the M25 motorway (terminals 4 and 5), and the A30 road (terminal 4).
Heathrow Connect services launches - full journey costs £9.50 : Heathrow Airport News (345 words)
The new Heathrow Connect London Paddington to Heathrow train service launched yesterday, with a single fare for the complete journey one third less than the Heathrow Express fare.
Heathrow Connect follows the same route as the Heathrow Express, and is aimed at the 70,000 people who work at heathrow, as well as this travelling to the airport from the west of London and the west of England.
The Heathrow Connect is not intended to compete with the Heathrow Express.
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