The Anonymous Widower

An Illustration Of Why The Greenford Branch Needs Four Trains Per Hour

I wanted to ride the Greenford Branch to photograph a Class 165 train in the livery of Great Western Railway.

So I took one of TfL Rail’s Class 345 trains to West Ealing station.

By the time, that I’d climbed over the bridge and walked to Platform 5 to catch the Class 165 train to Greenford, the train had just left.

So I then spent a miserably cold thirty minutes in a fierce wind on a station without a shelter, whilst I waited for the next train.

In that time, when I took these pictures, two passenger trains in each direction stopped in the station.


When Crossrail finally opens, West Ealing station is going to get ten trains per hour (tph) in both directions, which will terminate in the West at Heathrow Terminal 4, Heathrow Terminal 5, Maidenhead and Reading.

Passengers interchanging with the Greenford Branch will enjoy the thirty minute wait.

Airport Workers

I have been told several times by train staff and airport workers that getting to Heathrow Airport somtimes needs a car, as the buses are hard to find.

Nothing has been said about Crossrail running through the night, but as Thameslink runs to Gatwick, I wouls suspect this will happen.

And if Crossrail runs through the night, surely the humble Greenford Branch should do the same.


Plans should be developed to get the Greenford Branch running at four tph, throughout the day and perhaps two tph, when Crossrail is running through the night.

September 21, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. […] I give my reasons in An Illustration Of Why The Greenford Branch Needs Four Trains Per Hour. […]

    Pingback by Could Class 165 HyDrive Trains Be The Solution To The Greenford Branch? « The Anonymous Widower | September 21, 2018 | Reply

  2. The cut back of the Greenford Branch from Paddington to West Ealing seems to have left it in no mans land .

    There was a proposal to transfer Branch to Chiltern Railways but this has now been rejected and transfer to TFL would be difficult as there is no Overground nearby .

    However, those using Greenford Station can see a through line beside the station which sees the occasional goods train and still has semaphore signals. Finding a way to reinstate passenger services on this route with additional platforms at Greenford provides a better long term solution for this route.

    Comment by Melvyn | September 23, 2018 | Reply

    • GWR have several existing and possible branch lines between Paddington and Reading. From London they are Brentford, Greenford, Windsor, Marlow and Henley. GWR have said that some will be worked by Class 769 trains, but these won’t fit Greenford and Marlow as they are four cars. So GWR need another train for these two branches. Converting the current zclass 165 trsins to HyDrive would improve their environmental credentials, but in the longer term, there might be a better train. When Crossrail opens the traffiic on all branches must sureky increase, so capacity on the branches must be improved.

      Comment by AnonW | September 23, 2018 | Reply

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