A Royal Air Force Typhoon performs at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Image: Peter Gronemann, Flickr.

UK Airshows 2015 by Train

Those magnificent men (and women) in their flying machines! We have a glorious history of aviation here in the UK, and what better way to take in all of the exciting airshows dotted around the country than by hopping on the train?  Here are some top Britain’s top ‘air-tractions’, and some handy hints on how to make your way there by rail.  It really is the only way to fly…

The Royal International Air Tattoo – RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire – 17-19 July

The world’s largest military airshow, RIAT showcases truly incredible aircraft, including US Air force Black Hawks and Apaches, with pride of place going to those iconic RAF ‘planes flown by the heroic ‘few’ during the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane and Spitfire. Oh,and a little troupe you might be familiar with:The Red Arrows.

A Royal Air Force Typhoon performs at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Image: Peter Gronemann, Flickr.

A Royal Air Force Typhoon performs at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Image: Peter Gronemann, Flickr.

Getting There:  The closest major station to the site is Swindon, which has direct links to stations in London and Wales, plus trains to Swindon come from as far afield as Manchester without having to change more than once.  Once you arrive, a shuttle bus will be waiting to take you direct to RAF Fairford.

Scotland’s National Airshow – National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, East Lothian – 25 July

Wing Walkers wow the crowds at Scotland's East Fortune Airshow. Image: Gareth Edwards, Flickr

Wing Walkers wow the crowds at Scotland’s East Fortune Airshow. Image: Gareth Edwards, Flickr

Scotland’s largest airshow features the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and an aerial display by the awesome RAF Red Arrows, not to mention air acrobats the TRIG team in their biplanes, as well as classic aircraft from Spain, Jordan, the USA and much, much more.

Getting There:  You’re not going to want to miss this, and the best way to ensure that is to travel to Scotland, stopping at Edinburgh where there is a regular rail service to North Berwick, the closest station to the site.  Once at North Berwick, simply take the free shuttle bus straight to the museum.  Easy!

Red Bull Air Race – Royal Ascot 15-16 August

The UK leg of the world’s most adrenaline-fueled motorsport competition comes to Ascot racecourse! Watch Britain’s own Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb take on the world’s best as they negotiate the twists and turns of the unique Red Bull air race course, each one vying to take home the championship crown.  Gripping stuff.

Kirby Chambliss wows the crowds navigating the air race course at the 2014 Red Bull Air Race. Image: Tony Hisgett, Flickr.

Kirby Chambliss wows the crowds navigating the air race course at the 2014 Red Bull Air Race. Image: Tony Hisgett, Flickr.

Getting There: Reading station runs regular services to Ascot, making the site easily accessible from London. Indeed, trains from Waterloo to Ascot will get you there in under an hour, including the (roughly) 7 minutes it takes to walk to Royal Ascot from Ascot station.  There are also direct trains to Reading from as far away as Manchester and Newcastle.

Bournemouth Air Festival – Bournemouth – 20-23 August

Bournemouth airshow plays host to a jam-packed festival of flying fun, with music, military displays and, of course, the very finest in classic aircraft – you can watch it all, right on the beach.  The Red Arrows will be on display, not to mention the state-of-the-art RAF Typhoon and a rare chance to see the history-making Avro Vulcan, a true marvel of British engineering brilliance in it’s final year of flying.

The last flying Avro Vulcan bomber, XH558, performs a fly by  at Bournemouth Air Festival. Image: let's go out Bournemouth

The last flying Avro Vulcan bomber, XH558, performs a fly by at Bournemouth Air Festival. Image: let’s go out Bournemouth

Getting There: Did you know It’s possible to get from Glasgow to Bournemouth by train, only having to change once?  Yes, Dorset is a well connected part of the world, with services to Bournemouth running from most major cities, with very few changes. Trains from London Waterloo to Bournemouth will get you there in less than two hours, on average.

Battle of Britain Anniversary Show – IWM Duxford – 19-20 September

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.  2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the RAF victory in the Battle of Britain, the desperate struggle for our nation’s very survival.  What better way to pay tribute to sacrifices made by those brave airmen than to witness the magnificent sight of their Spitfires and Hurricanes as they take to the sky at RAF Duxford, home of the first WWII Spitfire squadrons.  Not only that, but just in case you missed them earlier in the year, you’ll have another opportunity to see the Red Arrows in action.

Generations of Spitfires ready to scramble from Duxford's pan. Image: Tony Hisgett, Flickr

Generations of Spitfires stand ready to scramble from Duxford’s pan. Image: Tony Hisgett, Flickr

Getting There:  The closest station to the site is Cambridge, which will be running a free bus to IWM Duxford on the day of the airshow. Cambridge station is well-connected, and trains from relatively distant UK cities (Cardiff or Leeds, for example) will get you there with no more than two changes required. Chocks away!

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The 10 most beautiful train station clocks in the world

Without them, we’d miss our trains, but how much attention have you paid to those beautiful, historic and downright quirky clocks that adorn the world’s railway stations? Here’s our pick of the best.

10. Flinders St Station, Melbourne, Australia

Flinders Street station is known for its distinctive timepieces. Each of the nine clocks above the entrance shows the next departure for a different line. Once, they were changed manually – 900 times in an eight hour period – but now, fortunately, a computer does the job.

9. Antwerp Centraal Station, Belgium

Antwerp Central Station regularly tops the polls for the world’s most beautiful railway station and we think its clock should too. The ornate design features the city’s coat of arms.

8. Tianjin, China

Technically, this quirky clock occupies a site on a nearby roundabout rather than on the station building itself, but Tianjin’s Century Clock is so unique most train passengers will walk the few hundred metres to see it if they haven’t done so before.

Tianjin Clock, China.

Tianjin Clock, China.

7. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Not only does this station have an exceptionally beautiful clock, Pietermaritzburg station is also the place where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train when a white man objected to him riding in the first class compartment – even though he held a valid ticket.

Pietermaritzburg station clock .Image: Fran Simmons

Pietermaritzburg station clock .Image: Fran Simmons

6. Waterloo Station, London, England

More of a meeting place than a thing of beauty, the clock at Waterloo Station is a popular meeting point for travellers. It was made by Gents of Leicester and is thought to date back to the 1920s. It was under this very clock that Del Boy met Raquel. Cushty!

Clock says 2 hours and 10 minutes til my holiday starts!

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5. Osaka, Japan

Japan’s well known for being innovative, and so the water clock at Osaka Station should come as no surprise. Osaka’s position as the third busiest station in the world means that this clock isn’t going unnoticed.

Time is precious. Only spending a limited time in Japan. 🎌

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4. Every railway clock in Switzerland

The iconic design of the Swiss railway clock has been adopted and adapted the world over. Originally designed in the 1940s by Hans Hilfiker, Apple famously had to agree to pay $21 million in licensing fees after using a similar clock when it launched iOS6’s Clock application back in 2012.

The iconic design of the Swiss railway clock adorned stations, office buildings and wrists around the world.

The iconic design of the Swiss railway clock adorned stations, office buildings and wrists around the world.

3. St Pancras Station, London

Another entry for dear old England! The Gothic clock tower that rises above St Pancras station is a unique London landmark. The tower beneath the clock has been redeveloped into a penthouse that can be hired out for drinks receptions and private dining.

2. Porto, Portugal

Look closely and this classic century-old Art Nouveau clock in pretty São Bento station has an unusual dial. IIII is often used on clocks as it looks better opposite the VIII than the conventional IV.

Porto Station Clock and departure board

1. Grand Central Terminal, New York City

This could well be the world’s most expensive railway station clock. With four faces crafted from opal and encased in brass, the timepiece that sits on top of the information desk at Grand Central Station has an estimated value of over $10 million.

#newyork #nyc #grandcentralstation #manhattan #usa #clock

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5 Museums to visit in the School Summer Holidays

1. Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham

Fancy experiencing a gruesome part of British History? Nottingham’s Galleries of Justice Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the bloody history of British crime and punishment. You can even witness the evil Sheriff of Nottingham sentencing innocent victims to death in a fully immersive Medieval court experience. If you’re really enthusiastic, hang around until after dark, as the museum is supposedly haunted. Galleries of Justice Museum ticket prices start at £7.50 for kids under 16 and £9.50 for adults. What’s more, the museum is super accessible by trains to Nottingham, as the train station and tram stop are within a short walking distance from the museum.

#uk #nottingham #justice 🍯

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2. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

Though not technically a museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has boat-loads of stuff to see and experience. Climb on board Admiral Nelson’s legendary flagship HMS Victory for a 50-minute tour, visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and take a look at the remains of Henry VIII’s pride and joy, the Tudor battleship Mary Rose. You can even take a look at the Royal Navy’s steam ship HMS Warrior, dating back to 1860. Portsmouth is easily accessible by trains from London, Bristol, Cardiff and Brighton.

HMS Warrior sits in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with the famous Spinnaker tower in the background. Image: Paul Lewin, Flickr.

HMS Warrior sits in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with the famous Spinnaker tower in the background. Image: Paul Lewin, Flickr.

3. Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is located in Shropshire, and boasts an awesome collection of over 70 vintage bi-planes, world war two bombers and cold war jets. Discover the history of the Royal Air Force through the ages, and get the younger kids learning with the hands on ‘Fun and Flight’ centre. The RAF Museum, Cosford is a 1/2 mile walk from Cosford Station. If you’re located closer to London, the Royal Air Force Museum London offers an equally impressive selection of aircraft, and is easily accessed by trains to Colindale Underground station.

The Avro Vulcan bomber forms a centrepiece of a hangar at the RAF Museum Cosford. Image: Shropshirelive.

The Avro Vulcan forms a centrepiece of a hangar at the RAF Museum Cosford. Image: Shropshirelive.

4. Dinosaur Isle, Isle of Wight

Dinosaur Isle is Britain’s first purpose built Dinosaur museum, taking advantage of the numerous bones and fossils discovered on the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains. Many different types of dinosaurs have been identified already, and more mysterious remains are yet to be determined. It’s the perfect place to discover 120 billion years of history. Dinosaur Isle ticket prices start from £4.00. From trains to Southampton, Red Isle Ferry service operates a car ferry to the Isle of Wight, docking at East Cowes.

Dinosaur Isle. Image: wightpod.co.uk

Dinosaur Isle. Image: wightpod.co.uk

5. The Science Museum, London

The Science Museum offers interactive insights into the history of everything scientific, from Faraday to flushing toilets. South Kensington is a real hive of museums, and the Science Museum is conveniently located next door to the Natural History Museum, and a short walk from the Victoria & Albert Museum. The nearest London Underground Station to the museum is South Kensington. Trains to London run from hundreds of locations across the UK.

The Energy Gallery at the Science Museum, London. Image: Ewen Roberts, Flickr.

The Energy Gallery at the Science Museum, London. Image: Ewen Roberts, Flickr.

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Top 3 Barbecue Friendly Public Spaces in London

Having a Barbecue in public parks and spaces in London is not as simple as you might imagine. Cooking on barbecues is prohibited in most inner-London parks, and can result in nasty fines, which we are definitely not about. Don’t give up hope! We’ve done our homework and found some great public spaces in London that are barbecue friendly.

1. London Fields, Hackney

A large section of this bustling park near Broadway Market has been designated as a barbecue-friendly area. If you want to grill be sure to arrive early, as on sunny days this area fills up fast.

London Fields, Hackney. Image: Ivy Mei, Flickr

London Fields, Hackney. Image: Ivy Mei, Flickr

While you are at London Fields, be sure to take time to stroll through Broadway Market. It’s full of treasures. Top up your barbecue menu with everything from artisan cakes and roast beef baps to vietnamese iced coffee and Italian cheese. If you fancy a craft beer try one of the quaint, you can take advantage of the area’s excellent watering holes. Check out The Dove or Cat & Mutton for starters. Broadway Market runs from Regent’s Canal to the foot of London Fields. Broadway Market is open every Saturday.

Broadway Market bustles with artisan foods and live music. Image: hdimagegallery.net

Broadway Market bustles with artisan foods and live music. Image: hdimagegallery.net

I 'Herd' London Fields is a great place for a Barbecue. Image: bijoubijoux.co.uk

I ‘Herd’ London Fields is a great place for a Barbecue. Image: bijoubijoux.co.uk

Do you have kids? Do you like Donkeys? If that’s a yes, you should build in time to take the kids to nearby Hackney City Farm in the South east corner of Haggerston Park and get them acquainted with resident Donkeys Larry and Clover. There’s also pigs, calves, goats, fancy fowl, and rodents to see.

The nearest train stations to London Fields are London Fields and Hackney Central. You can also get to London Fields from London Overground trains to Haggerston and Dalston Junction, and trains to Hackney Downs.

2. Highbury Fields, Islington

Islington is the only London borough to allow barbecues in all its public parks and open spaces. This makes the are very popular spot for those with a yen for grilled food. Islington council does not charge for the use of their public spaces. The only stipulation they make is that anyone wishing to have a barbecue bring with them water to pour over the ashes of and make sure the fire is completely extinguished.

Highbury Fields. Image: treetree.co.uk

Highbury Fields. Image: treetree.co.uk

One of Islington’s most best parks is Highbury Fields. 29 acres of green space extends north from Highbury Corner to Highbury Barn. Highbury Fields isn’t just parkland. Its recreational facilities include tennis courts and the indoor Highbury pool, recently renovated and reopened in January 2007.

After your barbecue, throw the football around in the park’s green fields, toss a Frisbee to the kids, go swimming or play a game of tennis. (Or perhaps you’d just like to sit in the shade or find a sunny spot on a blanket and work on your tan)

There’s plenty of cool playground equipment at ‘Parktopia’. The playground contains an apple orchard and a children’s play area complete with sandpits. Don’t forget money for ice cream.

The nearest train stations to Highbury fields are Highbury & Islington and Drayton Park. Highbury Fields is also accessible by London Underground services to Holloway Road and Arsenal, both of which are on the Piccadilly Line.

3. Burgess Park

After a recent £2 million renovation, Burgess Park is one South London’s best kept secrets. The park is surprisingly quiet,  and there are eight custom-built barbecues on the grounds. In addition to Burgess park, Southwark Council has numerous introduced dedicated areas where you can fire up your own portable barbecue.

Burgess Park. Image: RJP, Flickr

Burgess Park. Image: RJP, Flickr

Burgess Park is relatively large. Be sure to see the lake and the nature area on New Church Road. You might want to continue your adventure by booking a voyage of the Thames in one of London’s high speed boats or having coffee at one of the excellent nearby cafés.

The nearest train station to burgess Park is Elephant & Castle.

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First Great Western Strike 8 – 10 July 2015 – What you need to know

RMT union members plan to strike later this week affecting First Great Western services. Minor alterations will begin to take effect from 1800 on Wednesday 8th July, with significant disruption expected on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th July. Services are expected to return to normal during Saturday 11th July but those intending to travel should prepare for minor timetable adjustments.

Will any trains be running at all on the strike days?

A severely reduced timetable will operate. For example, many of the services to Devon and Cornwall will be restricted to one every two hours. London Paddington to Cardiff will operate as an hourly service, with onward travel to Swansea only available at peak hours. Many local services will not run at all, including Swindon to Westbury and Severn Beach to Bristol Temple Meads. You are strongly advised to check the First Great Western website for details about the route on which you need to travel before you set out: www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/strike

Limited services will be in operation on First Great Western routes across 9th and 10th July 2015. Image: First Great Western

Limited services will be in operation on First Great Western routes across 9th and 10th July 2015. Image: First Great Western

What if I’ve purchased my ticket already?

Advance purchase tickets will be valid on the two strike days for the departures immediately before and after your booked departure. For Wednesday and Saturday travel, you are asked to stick to your booked departure time if at all possible.

If you hold an Anytime, Off Peak or Super Off Peak ticket these will be valid for a date change, subject to their usual restrictions. These normal fare restrictions will also be in place on the strike days for trains that are running – so you can’t travel at peak time if your off peak train doesn’t run, for instance.

Anything else I should know?

First Great Western advises that you should try to travel on Wednesday 8th or Saturday 11th July if you can. Seat reservations on Thursday and Friday cannot be guaranteed due to the extra crowding on services, though if you alter your booking to a non-strike day you will be able to transfer your seat reservation as well. A full refund, and compensation for season ticket holders, will be available. Staff at station help points will be able to assist and further information can be obtained by telephoning 0345 7000 125 between 7am and 10pm or by tweeting @fgw.

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Beat the Tube Strike: 5 alternative ways to travel in London

If you work or live in London and need to be on the move this week, you’re not going to have been best pleased to have seen that the RMT and ASLEF are planning to strike for 24 hours from Wednesday 5 August. Here are the best ways to overcome the disruption.

1. Bus travel in London

London's number 15 bus can be particularly useful to users of the Circle and District lines during a strike.

London’s number 15 bus can be particularly useful to users of the Circle and District lines during a tube strike.

Although London’s buses are going to be considerably more crowded than usual, many routes run parallel to their Underground counterparts, so this may well be your easiest option. Some bus routes will be of more interest if they follow your regular Tube route more closely. For instance, the Number 98 bus runs between Marble Arch and Tottenham Court Road and the Number 8 bus runs between Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street, loosely following the Central Line. Those taking the District and Circle Lines could try the Number 15 bus which travels from Charing Cross station to Tower Hill before continuing along to Blackwall DLR station. To find out which buses provide the best alternative to your usual Underground journey, visit https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/. Click “Travel options and accessibility” and uncheck the boxes to leave buses as your selection.

2. Walk your tube journey

To quote Samuel Johnson, “When a man is tired of London, he’s tired of life” and swapping the Tube for a walk will give you a chance to see what you usually miss. There are a number of websites that will not only tell you which directions to take between your usual pair of stations, but they’ll provide information about the sights along the way. You can even figure out the walking time for your entire route using the Walking Map of London.

If you fancy taking a more scenic route, try Walk London’s “Royal London” from Lancaster Gate to St James’ Park or “City of London” from Monument to St Paul’s. Print off their map before you go and adapt it to suit a more direct route if you need to. See www.walklondon.com for more details. Alternatively, London for Free offers themed walks such as its Legal Walk from Blackfriars to Chancery Lane and the Bridges walk from Westminster to Tower Hill. Find out more from London for free,  and again, you can customise the walks to suit a more direct route if you need to.

This super useful ma by Aryjoecreatives shows the approximate walking time between Central London's tube stations.

This super useful map by Aryjoecreatives shows the approximate walking time between Central London’s tube stations.

3. Hire a bike and cycle in London

It’s July and the weather’s expected to be dry and sunny, so why not take the opportunity to ride one of the many “Boris bikes” that you find across the capital? You don’t need to be a member of the scheme so long as you are over the age of 14 and hold a valid credit or debit card. There are around 11000 bicycles in 700 or so locations north and south of the river including the City, Docklands and the West End.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Boris Johnson ride Santander Cycles in London

“I’ll be bike”. Santander cycles (aka ‘Boris Bikes’) popular with both the Mayor of London, and the Terminator.

Hiring one of what’s officially called the Santander cycles (they’re now red rather than blue after a change in sponsor) is easy. Simply go to your nearest docking station terminal, touch the screen and select “hire a cycle”. Enter your credit or debit card details as prompted to pay the £2 initial charge, take the printed release code which you’ll need to enter on the docking point’s keypad and you’re good to go.

When you’re ready to return the bike, simply push the bike firmly into an empty docking point and wait for the green light to illuminate. After your first journey, all other trips within 24 hours are free so long as they don’t exceed 30 minutes, so you can get home after work for nothing. Remember, use cycle lanes where present, wear a cycling helmet and be aware of your surroundings. And even if you love it, don’t be tempted to keep hold of your bike (it’s a £300 fine if you do).

4. Travel on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway)

In Docklands, DLR trains should still be running, so if you can’t bear to go a day without your train fix, this might help. The DLR will be able to accommodate some of the passengers that travel on the Jubilee Line, for example on the busy stretch between Stratford and Canary Wharf. Oyster cards are valid and trains run frequently. However, like the buses, expect the DLR to be crowded. For more information about the routes served, head to www.dlrlondon.co.uk.

The Docklands Light Railway is usually unaffected by London Underground Strikes, and offers easy access to East London and Docklands.

The Docklands Light Railway is usually unaffected by London Underground Strikes, and offers easy access to East London and Docklands. Image: DLR

5. Use the Trainline app to travel smart during the strike

The Trainline app gives you on-the-moment, live train info for National Rail Services. Download it for free for iOS, Android and Windows phone.

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Bike Transport by Train – 7 Top Tips

Trains connect Britain’s great cycle routes, putting you at the trailhead for thrilling mountain bike tracks or sublime journeys through the countryside. If it’s a working day, combining the bike with the train is usually the cheapest and greenest way to travel.

Just peddle up to the station and your bike can be taken on the train for free. But there’s certain restrictions and reservations to know about. Here are seven bite-sized tips for taking your bike on the train.

1. Bikes Travel for Free

Here’s the great news: there is no charge for taking your bike on the train. Yep, bicycles don’t need to pay and you don’t need to pay for them. Compare this to the cycle mad country of the Netherlands, where you must buy an additional daily ticket for taking a bicycle on the train. Not only is it free to travel with bikes on the train in Britain, many railway stations have secure free bicycle parking.

Bikes travel for free on UK train services

2. Peak Time Bike Restrictions

Bikes can be taken on the majority of British rail services. However, during peak travel times (weekdays 07:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 19:00), full sized bikes are not permitted on commuter services to and from London. This includes all London Overground trains. They are also prohibited on weekday local rail services to and from Cardiff between 07:30 – 09:30 and 16:00 – 18:00. Note that these restrictions only apply to full sized bikes. So if you’re using one of these services it’s still possible to travel with a commuter friendly bike.

Bikes are prohibited on Peak train services in and out of London, as well as some peak services in Wales.

3. Commuter Friendly Bikes

Fully folding bicycles with wheels up to 20″ are allowed on all trains without restriction. These bikes are also excluded from all rules regarding reservations. You’ll must be able to carry the bike onto the train and sometimes place it in the luggage racks. Fully folding commuter bicycles have rapidly increased in popularity and are available from all major cycle outlets. Popularity
and competition has seen the price decrease significantly and an entry level bike can be found for £200 – 300. High-end folding bicycles range from £500 – 1000.

More expensive bikes are usually lighter to carry and quicker to fold away, which becomes important on busy trains. When buying a folding bicycle, test whether you’re comfortable carrying the bike for around 400meters, as this may be required at some train stations.

Folding bikes with wheels up to 20 inches can be taken on peak time train services in the UK.

4. Bike Reservations – What You Need to Know

While bikes go for free, they sometimes require a reservation. All trains have limited dedicated bicycle space, typically three to six spaces per service. In general, trains with a seat reservation system also have a bike reservation system. These tend to be long distance mainline and intercity services. Different operators have different rules.

  • Bicycle reservations are compulsory on Abelllio Greater Anglia, East Coast, East Midlands mainline services, First Great Western services to and from London, First TransPennine Express, ScotRail, South West Trains to and from London, and Virgin Trains.
  • Bicycle reservations are recommended but not compulsory on Arriva Trains Wales long and medium distance services, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, and First Hull Trains. Bikes without reservation can travel subject to space.

Reservations are not available for operators not listed above and the majority of local services, for example Northern rail services and Southern railways. On these trains, bicycles are permitted provided there is space. They must be stored so they don’t obstruct aisles or doors.

Reserve a space for a full sized bike.

5. Locating the Cycle Space

Where bicycle reservations are compulsory or recommended, the train will have a dedicated cycle carriage. Ask platform staff for the location of the cycle space so you can board the correct carriage.

Locate the correct carriage with bicycle storage

6. Bikes on Replacement Bus Services

Only fold up bikes can be taken on rail replacement bus services. Check in advance to see if there’s any planned engineering work, especially if you’re traveling at the weekend. Otherwise it may be a long cycle home.

Only fold-up bikes are allowed on rail replacement bus services.

7. A Bicycle Made for Two?

Four legs can peddle much faster than two. But if you’re cruising on a tandem, there’s a good chance that your two person bike won’t be allowed on the train. The same applies to bicycle trailers and tricycles. There are some exceptions. Tandems can only be carried on Abellio Greater Anglia trains and East Coast trains (you’ll need two cycle reservations).

Different types of bikes are allowed on different UK train services.

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