05/22/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/22/2023 07:01
- Passengers can now travel direct from East London and Essex to Heathrow for the first time -
- The service from Shenfield to Heathrow takes just 80 minutes, with no need to switch trains -
- This week's platform service announcements at stations from Brentwood to Stratford are voiced by ex-market trader and Apprentice candidate Tom Skinner -
Apprentice star and TV personality Tom Skinner is the voice of the Elizabeth line for this week only, to mark the new direct 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.
Essex born and bred, the former market stall trader took a ride in the driver's cab on the first journey from Shenfield to Heathrow. The Apprentice candidate entertained passengers with live tannoy announcements in his recognisable East End accent before stepping into the carriage to greet passengers on their way to Heathrow and entertain them with his famous catchphrases.
Playful announcements recorded by Skinner will play in train stations from Brentwood to Stratford until Sunday 28 May, keeping travellers up to date with relevant service updates.
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 thousands of people 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. The air conditioned trains come with dedicated wheelchair areas, multi-use spaces and walk-through carriages, are 205m long and can carry up to 1,500 people - more than double a Piccadilly line train's capacity. 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.
TV personality Tom Skinner said: "I absolutely loved joining the driver in the cab on the train to Heathrow - it's fantastic news you can now get there direct, with no need to swap trains. I love going on holiday and now it's easier and quicker to get down to Heathrow and start your trip off with a lovely drink in the airport bar. Bosh!"
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."
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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
Heathrow is Europe's largest airport and has reclaimed a spot as one of the top 10 largest airports in the world and second largest for international travellers. The airport is home to more than 80 airlines and is Britain's most valuable cargo port, helping to drive British trade growth by connecting the nation to more than 200 destinations around the world. Heathrow was recently ranked as 'Best Airport in Europe' at the Business Traveller Awards 2022.