Avoiding public transport is one of the ways we can all help with social distancing.
As more people use their bikes to start or finish their journeys – in place of catching a bus, tram or underground train, we have made a temporary change to our cycle policy.
To help with social distancing, you should only bring your bike on the train only if it really is necessary.
Ideally, we would like you to leave your bike at the station rather than take it on the train. But where this is not an option, we want to make it easier for you while the current public transport advice remains in place.
Remember, space is at a premium, so we may have to refuse access with your bike if the train is getting busy and / or social distancing cannot be maintained.
If you want to take your bike on the train, then:
- There’s space for two bikes on board each service, completely free of charge. Many of our newer trains have a space just for cycles, so look out for that as well. If the train is quiet, the Senior Conductor may allow more bikes on
- While the Covid 19 restrictions continue to apply to public transport, we will allow full-size bikes to be taken on-board peak time trains. But remember to continue to practice social distancing in stations and on trains.
- We are also suspending the restriction on taking full-size bikes on trains arriving in London Euston between 07:00 and 09:59, or departing from London Euston between 16:00 and 18:59 from Monday to Friday
- Folding cycles can be carried on any service, any time, no charge
- If you do want to take your bike on the train, especially from our busier stations, it’s worth finding out times of our quieter services
Please be considerate of others. For example, do not ride your bicycle on railway property, including platforms, because it’s dangerous to you and others. Always remember, you should give priority in accessible spaces to passengers with disabilities
Switch all bike lights off when on the railway (including on helmets), because a red light represents an instruction to a train driver to stop.
Cycles on other trains
Plusbike gives you loads of cycling information across the UK, such as:
- Cycle facilities and number of spaces at different stations
- Cycle carriage rules by train company
- Cycle reservations requirements (if any)
Cycle storage at the station
You can also leave your bike safely and securely at many local stations, but it’s worth double-checking first what bike storage facilities are available.