Taking your bike on a Great Western train

If taking your bike on the train is something you do, or plan to do you may be interested to note that Great Western has a new policy.

According to the poster, from 16th May you’ll have to book a space on the train for your full-sized bike (folding bikes can still be carried on as luggage). You can do that by calling 0345 7000 125 between 07:00 and 22:00 at least 2 hours before or visit a station ticket office. It also says you can book your slot via the website, but we haven’t quite worked out how, yet.

From Monday 16 May 2016, reservations for bikes will be mandatory on all our High Speed trains.

  • storage is in Carriage A; secure your bike with the strap provided, but don’t lock it up
  • tell the train manger your destination
  • remind them when your stop is coming up and they’ll make sure you can leave the train safely

Source: Taking your bike on the train – Great Western Railway

Planning ahead…

According to the poor soul who answered our slightly miffed tweet earlier, this has been a policy for a while in other parts of the country and they are merely extending it to all services for consistency.

If you are a regular traveller, you may quite like the new arrangement. It’ll mean that you will know that you’ll have room for your bike on the train.

However, if you are like us and like to act on the spur of the moment, or you are never quite sure what train you will end up on, the new policy will be a complete pain in the backside and most likely a deterrent from taking your bike anywhere near the train.

So, how do you feel about this new policy? Will you benefit from the peace of mind of knowing you’ll have a space on the train, or do you think it may actually make you think twice about heading to the station with your bike?

Gavin

Bike commuter, randonneur and cat wrangler

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