Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, February 10th, commuters in Harrow and beyond will face disruptions as vital renewal work will result in a partial closure of the Piccadilly line.
The closure, slated to last until Thursday, February 15th, is crucial for replacing aging infrastructure, particularly the points at Northfields, and advancing improvements at Heathrow Airport stations. This closure will initially affect the stretch between Hammersmith and Heathrow Airport, with subsequent closures between Acton Town and Heathrow.
Harrow stations on the line include Rayners Lane, South Harrow and Sudbury Hill. The partial line closure could cause disruptions for commuters travelling from these locations.
The closure is due to the need for comprehensive upgrades to the Piccadilly line, including the introduction of transformative new trains expected in 2025. These new trains promise enhanced features such as walk-through carriages, air-conditioning, and improved accessibility, aiming to provide a smoother and more comfortable ride for passengers, including those from Harrow.
To mitigate disruptions, commuters are encouraged to plan their journeys in advance, utilising real-time travel tools like TfL Go and Journey Planner. Additionally, alternative transport options will be available, including Elizabeth line services and rail replacement buses serving local stations from Acton Town to Heathrow Airport, with stops at key locations including South Ealing, Northfields, and Hounslow Central.
Richard Jones, Director of Asset Performance Delivery for TfL, said: “We thank customers in advance for their patience during this vital closure of the Piccadilly line. The track at Northfields has to be replaced and doing so will make journeys smoother and more reliable, as well as enable us to deliver as much of the improvements made by the upgrade to the Piccadilly line as possible.
“The Elizabeth line will help customers reach Heathrow Airport during this closure but we will also be operating rail replacement buses in Hounslow and the surrounding areas. Customers should check before they travel and leave more time for their journeys during this work.”
The Piccadilly line will undergo a £2.9 billion modernisation effort, introducing 94 new trains starting in 2025.