Hayes and Harlington railway station

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Up freight west of Hayes & Harlington in 1962

Template:Commons category Hayes and Harlington railway station is a railway station in Hayes and Harlington in the London Borough of Hillingdon.


The station is on Isambard Kingdom Brunel's former Great Western Main Line running out of London Paddington to the Thames Valley, Bristol, South Wales and the West Country. The line was opened on 4 June 1838, initially running to a temporary Template:Stnlnk station to allow completion of the famous brick arch bridge over the River Thames just west of the station. The station at Hayes opened in 1868.

From 1 March 1883, the station (then named Hayes) was served by District Railway services running between Template:LUL stations and Windsor. The service was discontinued as uneconomic after 30 September 1885.


The station has five platforms, four being through platforms and one being a terminus bay platform. Platforms 1-2 are through platforms for high speed services to and from Oxford and Wales; platforms 3 & 4 are for stopping services to and from Heathrow Airport, Reading and Oxford; platform 5 is a bay terminus platform, which is sometimes used during peak times, amended services and during engineering works. Platform 5 is capable of holding an eight-car train; platforms 2, 3 and 4 can hold seven-car trains and platform 1 can hold a five-car trains.<ref name=Trackmaps>Template:Cite book</ref> All lines at Hayes & Harlington are electrified.<ref name=Trackmaps /> On platform 5 there is an alternative entrance leading to High Point Hayes, the entrance has Oyster Pay & Go readers, platforms 3 & 4 are connected by a bridge towards the end of the platforms.

Although a busy station there are no automatic ticket barriers, but manual ticket checks take place on a daily basis.

Airport Junction

Hayes is the location of the junction for the Heathrow Airport branch. For this reason, the lines through the station are electrified with 25kV a.c. overhead power, although they only continue along the Airport branch — however, the main line to Template:Stnlnk will be electrified by 2016 as part of the project to modernise the Great Western Main Line.

The junction itself, to the west of the station, consists of two ground level high-speed turnouts from the main lines, the 'down' (away from London) line curving away to the left towards the Airport and the 'up' (towards London) line passing over a major concrete flyover construction to clear the up and down main lines before joining the up main line on the flat. This arrangement permits a London-bound electric train to join the main line from Heathrow at the same time as a Reading-bound train passes along the down main line – if there were simply a flat junction one of the trains would have had to be held to allow the other to pass.


Services at Hayes and Harlington are provided by FirstGroup plc. First Great Western run stopping services and fast services in both directions between Template:LUL stations and Template:Stnlnk stations. Heathrow Connect services are jointly run with BAA plc (who built the tunnel and airport junction to the airport) and FirstGroup (providing a fast electric main line alternative to the Piccadilly Line for passengers travelling to Heathrow Airport). Heathrow Connect replaced the stopping services under First Great Western Link between Hayes & Harlington and London Paddington. This has allowed for speedy journey times in the Greater London Area.

The station is served by local services operated by First Great Western from London Paddington to Reading and Heathrow Connect services from Paddington to Heathrow Airport.

Oyster "pay as you go" can be used for journeys originating or ending at Hayes & Harlington.

Transport links

London bus routes 90, 140, 195, 350, E6, H98, U4 and U5.


The film "Trains at Hayes Station" showing trains passing through the station with stereophonic sound was filmed from the roof of the defunct Aeolian pianola factory just north of the station. The factory had been purchased by HMV when the pianola company had collapsed owing to fraud and technological obsolescence. The film is almost the first demonstration of stereophonic sound to accompany moving pictures, an invention of Alan Blumlein.


Hayes and Harlington will be served by Crossrail trains using new twin-bore main line diameter tunnels underneath central London which will surface west of Paddington station. Although beyond the core tunnel section, Hayes and Harlington will be provided with a frequent metro service across the capital to Docklands, east London and Template:Stnlnk, replacing the current First Great Western service. The project also includes electrification of the slow lines along the Thames Valley as far as Template:Stnlnk, Crossrail's planned terminus.

Various alterations will be made by Network Rail to prepare the station for Crossrail:

  • New station building
  • 4 new lifts to provide step-free access
  • Platforms 1-4 extended
  • New 200m bay platform 5 constructed (replacing existing bay)
  • New platform canopies to platform 4 and 5
  • Track work to widen the island platform 2/3 and to provide access to the new bay platform



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