So here’s an update, My travel plans changed as my friend I was with wanted to go to Heathrow and Chesham.
We used the 51 bus to get to Woolwich and then went through the barriers at 0930 at Woolwich Elizabeth Line with a view to catching the train directly to terminal 5 at Heathrow.
But we hadn’t got to Canary Wharf before we were stuck on this train for an absolute age with the poor driver apologising every few minutes for the delay as something had happened at Paddington
We got to Tottenham Court Road where we were told this train is now only going to Paddington (not stopping at Bond Street either). When we got there we found that all services from Paddington to Heathrow were suspended with the exception of the Heathrow Express – Incredibly, despite this there was no ticket acceptance on the Heathrow Express and passengers were told they’d need to buy a ticket to use it (at a hugely inflated price) so at this point we opted to go to Chesham first using the Circle line to Baker Street and grabbing the Metropolitan line there.
This also was a near disaster as the Chesham train then decided it was only going to go as far as Rickmansworth but there was a second train to Chesham directly behind. (Journey from Woolwich EL to Chesham was 2 hours 48 minutes!)
From Chesham we went back to Harrow on the Hill and got the X140 to Heathrow and got the Picadilly line from there back to Hammersmith and changed to a Hammersmith and City train to Shepherds Bush Market for Westfield.
Final leg was from Shepherds Bush on the Central Line to Woolwich – Changing at Bond Street for the Elizabeth line back to Abbey Wood – again due to a 20 minute wait at Bond Street we doubled back to Paddington to get on the Elizabeth Line a stop early and get a seat!!
We were capped at £14.90 despite using the bus before 0930
Didn’t get to Theydon Bois as ran out of time with all the delays – the network was definately suffering from some after Bank Holiday blues! 🙂