National Rail has produced a new leaflet (PDF) providing useful information to those wishing to take their bike on a train. There’s nothing new here, but it’s useful to have the information – which covers all main train operating companies – all in one place, and as up to date as possible.
The situation in a nutshell is covered by two statements:
- National Rail encourages the integrated use of cycles and trains – two convenient and environmentally friendly forms of transport.
- All cycles are carried free of charge on UK domestic services.
But there are obvious restrictions, most notably during peak time, and in most cases, specific bicycle reservations must be made ahead of travel, as most services only have limited space to carry them. The leaflet goes into specifics for all the main carriers.
It’s also worth noting that:
Fully folded cycles, with wheels up to a size of 20” in diameter, are carried without restriction on all trains.
Which really makes me want a Brompton, and reminds me – I really need to check out http://www.bromptondock.co.uk/ one day.
I’m looking forward to a trip up to the Lake District by train at the end of April. (Who knew there’s a direct service between Milton Keynes and the Lakes every day?!) And although it’s predominantly a walking* trip, I’m also taking my bike to do some little local spins. I’ve made my reservation on the service, which means I have about eighteen bits of card to remember for the entire trip. But hopefully this should mean my journey is a smooth one. I’ll let you know how I get on.
* and reading, and thinking, and eating, and ale-sampling…