Heathrow Airport has announced a new direct train service from Shenfield to Heathrow.
Passengers no longer need to switch trains when travelling on the Elizabeth line from Essex or east London to the UK’s largest airport, with the journey from Shenfield taking just 80 minutes.
Forty-three per cent of passengers now travel by sustainable public transport to and from the airport and the extension of the Elizabeth line will help to strengthen this.
The line will now travel through 13 more stations in east London and Essex, including Stratford, Ilford, Romford and Shenfield.
The new route now means that those in Essex and east London have a direct train to Heathrow for the first time, opening up new travel opportunities to over 200 destinations from Heathrow.
The Elizabeth Line has been designed to provide a “comfortable travel experience from platform to plane” for everyone heading to Heathrow.
Trains are air-conditioned and come with dedicated wheelchair areas, multi-use spaces and walk-through carriages, are 205m long and can carry up to 1,500 people.
The trains will run twice an hour from Shenfield direct to Heathrow, offering a speedy service at a low price point, all the way to Terminals 2, 3, and 5.
Sophie Chapman, Surface Access Director at Heathrow said:
“Heathrow is the world’s gateway to the UK and we’re delighted our East London and Essex passengers can now travel quickly and easily direct to the airport.
“The extension of the revolutionary Elizabeth Line service will open up Heathrow’s extensive destination network to hundreds of thousands of people from the East.
“When reaching Heathrow, passengers can look forward to the very best airport experience, with our extensive offering of lounges, shops, bars and restaurants across all four terminals.
“The holiday starts at Heathrow, and now it’s that little bit quicker and easier to get started when you’re coming from Essex.”
More information about using the Elizabeth Line to reach Heathrow can be found at https://www.heathrow.com/transport-and-directions/by-rail-or-train/elizabeth-line
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