Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

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mnichols
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Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby mnichols » 24 Jun 2019, 4:59pm

Never done it before, but I'm taking my bike on a South Western Train to Waterloo on Thursday

I'm booked on, what do I need to know if anything?

I'll be getting on the train on a small unmanned regional station - how will I know where to put my bike? will I need a lock, etc?

Can it just go on whole? In Japan I had to put in a bag,I also remember some odd rules in France and Italy

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby st599_uk » 24 Jun 2019, 5:15pm

Each train operating company has their own rules.

SWT has bike restrictions in place during the week in morning and evening peak times.

If your bike is allowed on the train, then you need to watch the train as it comes in, 1 or 2 doors will have a bike logo. Next to this door is a space for bikes, and a strap to fasten around the bike. You sit next to your bike. There's no place to lock the bike.

If your train gets replaced by a rail replacement bus (as mine did yesterday), you'll need to ride the bike home.

Which line and what time?
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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby mnichols » 24 Jun 2019, 5:42pm

st599_uk wrote:Each train operating company has their own rules.

SWT has bike restrictions in place during the week in morning and evening peak times.

If your bike is allowed on the train, then you need to watch the train as it comes in, 1 or 2 doors will have a bike logo. Next to this door is a space for bikes, and a strap to fasten around the bike. You sit next to your bike. There's no place to lock the bike.

If your train gets replaced by a rail replacement bus (as mine did yesterday), you'll need to ride the bike home.

Which line and what time?



From Warminster around 5pm on Thursday.

So I don't sit in the main carriage? I sit with the bikes?

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby st599_uk » 24 Jun 2019, 6:58pm

The bike area is just some fold up seats next to the toilet with a bike logo and 2 velcro straps. (Unless it's a new SW train which no longer has a toilet).

It's in the main carriage. There's no special bike carriage or guards van.
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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby mnichols » 24 Jun 2019, 8:06pm

st599_uk wrote:The bike area is just some fold up seats next to the toilet with a bike logo and 2 velcro straps. (Unless it's a new SW train which no longer has a toilet).

It's in the main carriage. There's no special bike carriage or guards van.


ok, thanks

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby Jamesh » 24 Jun 2019, 8:20pm

Do intercity 125 trains still have guards vans?

I was thinking in the rear engine carriage?

I'm travelling on cross country Leeds to Liverpool on Friday.

Cheers James

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby whoof » 24 Jun 2019, 8:24pm

Jamesh wrote:Do intercity 125 trains still have guards vans?

I was thinking in the rear engine carriage?

I'm travelling on cross country Leeds to Liverpool on Friday.

Cheers James

Most of not all places don't have Intercity 125s
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48327739

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby st599_uk » 24 Jun 2019, 8:26pm

Jamesh wrote:Do intercity 125 trains still have guards vans?

I was thinking in the rear engine carriage?

I'm travelling on cross country Leeds to Liverpool on Friday.

Cheers James
The 225s do. Need to reserve a bike space in them though.
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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby dim » 24 Jun 2019, 8:31pm

One of my client's is Cross Country ....

A week ago, I asked a driver what the rules are regarding bicycles on their trains as I'm planning a bike trip to Ireland

His reply was that he is not 100% sure, but its best to pre-book your ticket as he thinks that only 2 bikes are allowed on the train .... if you dont pre book , it's up to the guard if he will allow your bike on the train

he said that he was not 100% sure, so best phone before planning your trip

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby Jamesh » 24 Jun 2019, 8:32pm

Is it a 125 or 225 from Leeds to Penzance?

Found this for 125 trains.

viewtopic.php?t=30060

Have bike tickets so not unduly worried

Cheers James

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby jgurney » 24 Jun 2019, 10:07pm

mnichols wrote:
which line and what time?


From Warminster around 5pm on Thursday.


Assuming it is a through service to Waterloo, do you have a reservation?

While most South West services are non-reservable, cycle reservations are required on that route.

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby zenitb » 25 Jun 2019, 6:22pm

jgurney is right.... and not only are cycle reservations mandatory on that SWR line BUT YOU MUST GET THEM AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.

The other posters in the thread are thinking of the other SWR lines/stations where no booking is required. I know because I made the same mistake!! If you are going via Salisbury you need to book your bike in well before travelling.

SWR are one of the least friendly Train Operating Companies regarding late bike booking. GWR let you book it in on the day of travel..so are my "go to" TOC for travel to the west.

Read the SWR stuff on the link and get your bike reserved...otherwise you are going to end up remonstrating with the guard..and more than likely left behind.

https://www.southwesternrailway.com/tra ... ith-a-bike
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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby mnichols » 25 Jun 2019, 9:32pm

Thanks...my bike is booked on

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby zenitb » 25 Jun 2019, 10:48pm

mnichols wrote:Thanks...my bike is booked on
Excellent !!! Sorry about all the exclamation marks and capitals in my post.. I almost missed my ferry to France because of the SWR "via Salisbury you have to book 24 hour in advance" rule and had to rebook via Reading instead at the last minute - via the much more reasonable GWR train operating company. I am still a bit hacked off with SWR after the experience. Have a great holiday mnichols and I hope it all goes smoothly.

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Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Postby mnichols » 26 Jun 2019, 9:32pm

zenitb wrote:
mnichols wrote:Thanks...my bike is booked on
Excellent !!! Sorry about all the exclamation marks and capitals in my post.. I almost missed my ferry to France because of the SWR "via Salisbury you have to book 24 hour in advance" rule and had to rebook via Reading instead at the last minute - via the much more reasonable GWR train operating company. I am still a bit hacked off with SWR after the experience. Have a great holiday mnichols and I hope it all goes smoothly.


Thanks