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Engineering work at Northfields to close parts of Picadilly line for five days and impact travel to Heathrow

Transport for London is advising commuters and travellers that parts of the Piccadilly line going to Heathrow will be closed for five days starting from this Saturday (10 February 2024). The closure is due to points of Northfields which need to be replaced as part of the renewal of the line which will see the roll out of 94 new trains from 2025.

TfL says the points are positioned under a bridge which cannot be replaced quickly during engineering hours and needs the line to be closed to do the work. While the line is closed, other infrastructure work will be taking place around Hounslow and at stations at Heathrow Airport so that future work by TfL will be at less disruption to passengers.

The Piccadilly line will be closed between Hammersmith and Heathrow Airport from 00:45 to 05:00 on 10 February 2024 and there will be no Night Tube running west of Hammersmith station. The closure will then continue from the start of normal service on Saturday (11 February 2024) with no trains between Acton Town and Heathrow until start of service on Thursday (15 February 2024).

Travellers to Heathrow will be able to use the the Elizabeth line as well as replacement bus services while the works are being done.

The replacement buses will be running between:

  • Heathrow and Acton Town calling at South Ealing, Northfields, Boston Manor, Osterley, Hounslow East, Hounslow Central, Hounslow West, Hatton Cross, and Heathrow Central Bus Station (Heathrow Terminal 5, overnight only)
  • Non-stop from Hammersmith to Heathrow Central Bus Station

Richard Jones, director of asset performance delivery for TfL said: “We thank customers in advance for their patience during this vital closure of the Piccadilly line. The track at Northfields has to be replaced and doing so will make journeys smoother and more reliable, as well as enable us to deliver as much of the improvements made by the upgrade to the Piccadilly line as possible.”

Mr Jones added: “The Elizabeth line will help customers reach Heathrow Airport during this closure but we will also be operating rail replacement buses in Hounslow and the surrounding areas. Customers should check before they travel and leave more time for their journeys during this work.”

The points are located beneath a bridge, which means they cannot be replaced quickly during engineering hours. This has meant the need for a closure of the line to carry out the work. With the line closed, infrastructure work will also take place around Hounslow and at stations at Heathrow Airport so that TfL can minimise future disruption.

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