bike on train Reading to Portsmouth

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by peterpotter, 17 May 2010.

  1. peterpotter

    peterpotter New Member

    Hi, and help! I've got nowhere trying to get this info by phone - very frustratiing. All I need to know: do I *have* to make a reservation to travel off peak weekday with my (non-folding) bike, or can I just turn up and take a chance? Cycling K&A Bristol to Reading, have to get the train back on Monday.
  2. dragon72

    dragon72 Veteran

    Mexico City
    No, I've travelled off-peak loads with SouthWestTrains and Southern without reserving the velo. They might not let you on between 4.30 and 7pm if its a bit crowded, mind you. That's happened to me in the past.
  3. palinurus

    palinurus Legendary Member

    The trains from Reading into Paddington have plenty of bike storage- separate compartment at the front (back end of locomotive). I've always made a booking at my local station but often I've missed a connection and have not had any trouble getting on without a reservation.

    I haven't done the Portsmouth run lately- it used to be pretty easy but they've changed the rolling stock since.

    I don't know why it is sometimes difficult to sort out a reservation over the phone- sometimes it's OK, sometimes they just don't know how to do it. It's the same if I go to the local station to arrange one- I have to pick the window with the guy who knows what he's doing (he's worked there as long as I can remember!), then it's easy.

    I've no idea what his equivalent at your local station looks like though.
  4. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    go southern pompey to redhill/gatwick and then first great western onwards to Reading deffo no reservations/restrictions off peak

    but watch out for engineering works; no bikes officially on buses.
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