Transport for London (TfL) will assume the operations of the Heathrow Connect service in a major infrastructure milestone ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line in London.
From this weekend the TfL will operate the service which travels passengers between Paddington station in west London and Heathrow Airport Terminals 2,3 and 4.
The deal is said to transform the way in which London’s passengers reach the airport.
Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: ‘The opening of the Elizabeth line this year will transform travel across London, and TfL taking over services to Heathrow is a major milestone in the project.
‘From Sunday, people travelling to Heathrow will now be able to benefit from Oyster, contactless technology and cheaper fares, providing a better service for thousands of Londoners and visitors every week.’
Howard Smith, Operations Director for TfL Rail, said: ‘Taking over the services to Heathrow is another step towards opening London’s new railway. Customers will see staff at every station and will be able to use Oyster and contactless payments all the way to the airport.”