The work is to allow points to be replaced at Northfields. Picture: TfL
February 12, 2024
The local stretch of the Piccadilly line is about to be closed for five days for engineering works.
Initially the closure will be from Hammersmith to Heathrow Airport with no service on the Night Tube on Saturday morning (10 February) and then, until the start of service on Thursday 15 February, there will be no service between Acton Town and Heathrow Airport.
Transport for London (TfL) says the points at Northfields are on a complicated stretch of track where trains come out of Northfields depot to enter service. The track in this area features some components from the 1930s and must be replaced as the assets are unreliable and maintenance is costly. The points are located beneath a bridge, which means they cannot be replaced quickly during engineering hours.
The closure will take five days because it is not a like-for-like renewal, which means that once the first section is removed, the rest of the track in the area must be removed and replaced. TfL believes that replacing the track will not only address the ongoing issues but will also mean a better, smoother ride once the new Piccadilly line trains are introduced.
There will be rail replacement buses serving local stations from Acton Town to Heathrow Airport, as well as a bus replacement service.
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.”
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