Picture the scene...
Nice sunny morning yesterday so decide to take my bike in to work then cycle back.
I live between reading and Oxford and work in reading.
Go to catch the 7.33 - sorry sir this train wont take bikes. Wait for the next one.
7.53 - sorry sir, this train won't take bikes.
After a discussion with the conductor he kindly lets me on. He has to phone control at reading station to approve me getting off the train.
Looking at the timetable last night none of the trains between 7-9 are now allowed with bikes on. This has all changed as they now run adelante (sp?) rather than the little turbo trains they used to.
It seems a total farce to me. I understand the trains get busy but that only happens past reading and I can get on and off the train in the guards van faster than most people get on normally. I don't see any h&s or timing issue but then maybe not all bikes are the same.
Just seems a missed opportunity for sustainable transport but then maybe they don't care! I wish they kept the old trains it was easy then!
(Before anyone asks I don't want to cycle home on a folding bike!)