TfL Rail will operate trains between London Paddington and Reading from December 15. They will form part of the planned Crossrail service, and replace existing Great Western Railway services.
Four trains per hour will run at peak-time, and 2tph off-peak. They will use nine-car Class 345s that have started entering traffic on shuttles between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington.
The peak trains will call at Reading, Hayes & Harlington, Southall and Ealing Broadway. The stopping pattern for the off-peak trains is for all stations between Reading and Hayes & Harlington, and then the same as the 4tph service. West Ealing, Hanwell and Acton Main Line will not be served by these TfL Rail services.
GWR will continue to operate some fast services into the capital from Reading, Twyford, Maidenhead and Slough.
- For the FULL story, read RAIL 889, published on October 9, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 5.
For the latest on possible delays to the Crossrail project, read RAIL 889, published on October 9, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 5.