Heathrow chaos as travellers stuck, here's what's happening

There have been three major complications today for travelers heading to the airport.

Heathrow chaos as travellers stuck train delays
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Heathrow chaos as travellers stuck train delays

The UK has seen its fair share of travelling mayhem recently with the likes of Storm Debi causing problems across the country. This is likely to continue as cold weather is set to plague Brits for two more weeks. However, that’s not been the issue today.

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People travelling to Heathrow airport on Monday 27 November have been faced with three separate issues, causing major delays. These are on the three main rail routes that connect the airport to London. Let's get into the three problems and what’s happening now.

The Elizabeth line

Transport to London (TfL) has been in hot water recently over misleading Ulez claims, and the Elizabeth line has caused problems for them practically since it opened. Today, the line was suspended between Hayes and Harlington and Heathrow terminals. The problem? A signal failure, according to TfL. Tweet the Tube posted on Xat 11:33AM:

Elizabeth Line: No service between Heathrow T2&3 and Heathrow T5 due to a signalling fault. MINOR DELAYS between Paddington and Heathrow Terminals T2, 3 & 4. GOOD SERVICE on the rest of the line. Ticket are being accepted on London Buses and London Underground.

The Piccadily line

People were resorting to this line, but it was also suspended this morning between Acton Town and Heathrow terminals due to a fire alert at Northfields. It seems this is still the case, with X user @alastairjam saying at 11:40AM:

No trains to Heathrow T5 still, and there’s chaos on the Piccadilly line. (TfL staff insisting on charging everyone to get to Heathrow Central, too).

Tweet the Tube has confirmed there are still issues with an update posted at 12:03PM:

Piccadilly Line: No service between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge due to difficult track conditions caused by significant leaf fall. SEVERE DELAYS to the rest of the line due to an earlier fire alert at Northfields. Valid tickets are accepted on London Buses.

The Heathrow Express

Last but not least: the Heathrow Express was suspended in both directions because of a broken down train. This left passengers stranded, with no means of getting to the airport by train to catch their flights. Thankfully, this problem has just been resolved, though there are still delays. The Heathrow Express updated passengers via X at 11:47AM:

Good morning, there was a broken down train on the line which has now been resolved. The trains are now moving, but with delays occurring. We apologise for any disruption this has caused.

Transport for London suggests using their TfL Go app and website to avoid getting caught in delays. Good luck to anyone travelling to Heathrow today!

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Daily Mail: Chaos for passengers heading to Heathrow airport TODAY as Elizabeth Line, Piccadilly Line and Heathrow Express are ALL suspended due to series of problems - including a broken down train

Metro: Rush hour misery for commuters after three rail routes to Heathrow suspended

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