Railway stations are always a hive of activity as passengers jostle in and out of platforms but Paddington Station is an easy access one to reach in central London
Despite the station being one of the busiest in the world it has a crucial link to another of the most active travel destinations in the capital – Heathrow Airport.
Paddington Station is steeped in history having served as the London Terminus of the Great Western Railway since 1838.
Much of the current mainline station dates from 1854 and was designed by architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel and in recent years has been heavily modernised.
As a result the station now has an additional role as the London terminus for the Heathrow Express airport service.
Platforms six and seven are dedicated to the Heathrow Express service and the line provides flight information on display screens and self check-in facilities for selected airlines to prepare passengers for their holiday before they even get to the airport.
Trains leave Paddington every 15 minutes from 5.10am to 11.25pm in the evening with a similar quarter hourly service in the return direction.
There are two stops at Heathrow firstly at Heathrow Central (serving Terminals 1 and 3), which is a journey time of 15 minutes from Paddington Station.
The second stop is Heathrow Terminal 5 with a journey time of around 21 minutes from the station. Until March 2008, the Heathrow Express also served Terminal 4 but this has now been discontinued and to get there passengers can take the Heathrow Connect instead, which runs every half an hour throughout the day.
Heathrow Connect stops at other stations including Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Southall, Hanwell and Hayes.
A much quicker option than taking the London Underground the Heathrow Express and Connect provide a spacious train and a speedy journey to ease your way in or out of the airport.
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