- No direct Piccadilly line service between central London to Heathrow this weekend
- Significantly reduced Piccadilly line service between Cockfosters and Hammersmith
- Rail replacement bus services operate on 5 & 6 March, passengers should allow more time to get to Heathrow
- Quicker and more reliable journeys for customers once work is complete
Transport for London (TfL) today (Thursday 3 March) advised customers planning to use the Piccadilly line this weekend to expect longer journeys, due to planned upgrade work.
To improve the reliability of the Piccadilly and District lines London Underground (LU) is carrying out essential planned work this weekend (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March) to replace 700m of track at Turnham Green and renew a set of signalling points at Acton Town.
This means that this weekend there will be no service on the Piccadilly line between Hammersmith and Northfields / Uxbridge and there will be no service on the District line between West Kensington and Ealing Broadway / Richmond.
Customers travelling to Heathrow from central London should head to Ealing Broadway Tube station, via the Central line, and board the express replacement bus, which will take them the short distance to Boston Manor. From there customers will be able to join the Piccadilly line and continue their journeys to Heathrow. TfL staff will be on hand to offer travel advice and porters to help customers with their luggage.
To travel into central London from Heathrow customers can get the Piccadilly line to Boston Manor and change there for the rail replacement bus to Ealing Broadway for the Central line.
Piccadilly line trains through central London will run at reduced frequency and will be very busy. Passengers are advised to use alternative Tube routes where possible, especially via the Victoria line between Finsbury Park/King’s Cross St. Pancras/Green Park.
Additionally, for travel to and from west London customers should use Circle line services between King’s Cross St. Pancras and Hammersmith.
Following the work, trains will be able to run faster and more smoothly through the area. Points failures will be much less frequent, meaning fewer delays to customers and more reliable journeys.
David Waboso, LU’s Director of Capital Programmes, said: “Our engineers will be working around the clock this weekend to carry out this vital improvement work. I am sorry for the disruption to customers during the closure, which we are keeping as short as possible. When the work is completed by the early hours of Monday (7 March) morning, the track will be immediately more reliable and trains will be able to travel faster through the area.”