Bicycles banned from thousands of extra trains during Olympics and Paralympics

People are being warned to check restrictions before they travel as many train operators plan to ban bicycles (except folders) during the Olympics and Paralympics.

Paralympics Update

These restrictions are still inforce despite almost all the games lanes being removed from the roads because they are no longer needed.

The most extensive bans will be put in place by Southeastern, Southern, the Gatwick Express and Heathrow Connect, which ban cycles (except folders) on nearly all trains in and out of London from 27 July to 9 September 2012 (to 14 Sept for Heathrow).

NB: Those travelling between London and Brighton can still use First Capital Connect services, which will have no extra restrictions.

Restrictions also apply on the London Overground trains at all times till 9th September between Clapham Junction / Willesden Junction and Stratford and between Highbury & Islington and New Cross/Forest Hill.

Other companies are putting bans in place on days when particularly high volumes of passengers are expected:

  • C2C services to Southend and Shoeburyness during Mountain Bike events, 11-12 August
  • First Great Western services between Westbury and Weymouth during the sailing, 29 July - 11 August
  • First Great Western services between Reading and Brighton, and all South West Trains during the Cycling Road Races, 28-29 July.
  • Arrive trains in Wales will have restrictions on days when the Millennium Stadium is used for major events.

Cycle carriage policies for all train companies are listed here , including any extra restrictions during the Olympic period.

EDITED 25 July 2012: After pressure from cyclists, some train companies that planned total bans have relaxed these rules. Other changes are also likely. Please check with the train company before you decide on any journey.