Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed that the cost of a zone 1-6 journey on the new Crossrail / Elizabeth Line will be the same as the equivalent Tube fare.
Today’s announcement honours a 2013 undertaking from former mayor Boris Johnson and ensures passengers using the new service benefit from Mayor Khan’s four-year fares freeze.
Passengers will also benefit from Transport for London’s contactless and Oyster daily fare capping and be able to use travelcards, 60+ London Oyster and freedom passes to make their journeys.
Transport for London will take over the existing Heathrow Connect service in May and Mr Khan has today confirmed that fares will fall as soon as the handover takes place, with passengers also gaining the ability to pay by Oyster and Contactless.
Heathrow will also be designated as being in ‘Zone 6’, meaning that pay as you go customers travelling to and from the Airport from within Zones 1-6 will never pay more than the daily cap
Mayor Khan said: “The opening of the Elizabeth Line this year will transform travel across London, with new state-of-the-art trains transporting millions of people more quickly around the capital.
“I’m delighted to announce today that the cost of travelling on the Elizabeth Line in Zones 1-6 will be the same price as a similar journey on the tube – fulfilling a key manifesto pledge to deliver truly world-class transport infrastructure which is also accessible and affordable for all Londoners.
“For Londoners going to Heathrow, many of the benefits will be felt in a matter of months, with Oyster, Contactless, and cheaper fares coming in when TfL takes over the service from Heathrow Connect in May.”
Mike Brown, London’s Transport Commissioner, added: “From May customers travelling to Heathrow Airport from Paddington will be able to enjoy the convenience of using Oyster or contactless as they do across the rest of the TfL network, guaranteeing the cheapest fare.
“Customers will also see staff at our stations at all times when trains are running to offer them assistance, and will benefit from our ‘turn-up-and-go’ service for anyone needing assistance. All travel information will also be fully integrated with our other transport services.
Fares from Heathrow airport on TfL rail services from May 2018:
Peak services Monday to Friday (06.30 – 09.30 and 16.00 – 19.00)
|Heathrow to/from:||2018 Heathrow Connect fares||Proposed Elizabeth Line Peak PAYG fares||Difference to current Heathrow Connect fare||Daily Cap|
|London Paddington||£10.30||£10.20||10p cheaper (1%)||£12.50|
|Hayes & Harlington||£6.30||£6.20||10p cheaper (2%)||£12.50|
|West Ealing-Greenford||£8.00||£7.30||70p cheaper (9%)||£12.50|
|Ealing Broadway/Acton Main Line||£8.00||£7.30||70p cheaper (9%)||£12.50|
|TfL Zone 1 stations||£12.70||£12.10||60p cheaper (5%)||£12.50
|Heathrow to/from:||2018 Connect fares||Elizabeth Line off-peak PAYG fares||Difference to current Heathrow Connect fare||Daily Cap|
|London Paddington||£10.30||£10.10||20p cheaper (2%)||£12.50|
|Hayes & Harlington||£6.30||£6.00||30p cheaper (5%)||£12.50|
|Southall, Hanwell||£6.90||£6.00||90p cheaper (13%)||£12.50|
|West Ealing-Greenford||£8.00||£6.00||£2.00 cheaper (25%)||£12.50|
|Ealing Broadway/Acton Main Line||£8.00||£6.00||£2.00 cheaper (25%)||£12.50|
|TfL Zone 1 stations||£12.70||£10.10||£2.60 cheaper (20%)||£12.50|