Plans to run Class 345s between Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 4 were put on hold last year to allow train manufacturer Bombardier to concentrate on getting trains to work within the tunnels that make up the core of the Elizabeth Line. Two years after the Stage 2 Crossrail launch was supposed to see ‘345s’ serve the airport, the indications are they are almost ready to do just that.

Taplow: now step-free. No 345014 arrives while en route from Reading to London Paddington on 6 February 2020. Two rail pastors can be seen talking with the TfL staff member; rail pastors are trained volunteers who are based in areas which experience of high numbers of suicide incidents. Ken Brunt

Problems with the reliability of using the European Train Control System (ETCS) in the Heathrow tunnels has resulted in the present situation where Class 345s can run between Paddington and Reading but Class 360s, with their legacy Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system, have been retained to operate TfL Rail services on the Heathrow spur.

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