Not the biggest surprise in the world, but it has been officially stated that the new Elizabeth line will be part of the London travel card zone system.
There was always a bit of a doubt as to what the fares would be, so there was a slight chance that the Elizabeth line would have different fares to the rest of the travel network. This has now been squashed.
As a result, all customer service and travel information on the line will be fully integrated with TfL’s other services, with daily fare capping for Oyster and contactless applying.
From Sunday 20 May, the current Heathrow Connect service between Heathrow and Paddington will be transferred to TfL. Although TfL’s fare zones do not apply to these Heathrow fares, for the first time, customers will be able to use pay as you go with Oyster and contactless across the route. Fares will also be cheaper or in line with the current standard fares charged for Heathrow Connect.
Standard zonal fares will continue to apply for journeys between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington, with special single fares applying for journeys to and from Heathrow Airport.
From May, TfL Rail services will operate two trains an hour between Paddington and Heathrow using the existing Heathrow Connect trains, an identical frequency to now. A further two trains an hour will run between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington using the new Elizabeth line trains, replacing part of the Great Western inner suburban route. Testing is still ongoing to allow TfL to introduce the new Elizabeth line trains to the airport.
Details of the specific 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|
- Pay as you go journeys between Paddington and West Drayton have been set at the TfL zonal rate since it was introduced in September 2008.