Bikes on trains – let us know your experiences, good and bad

Travel by rail with your bike? Let us know your stories

We’ve run a few stories recently about bikes on trains, mainly because of the woefully poor bike storage that now features on high-speed trains rolled out by GWR and LNER.

> Bikes on trains – let us know your experiences, good and bad

But we’ve also written about the new bike carriages, aimed at the tourist market, that are coming to ScotRail’s West Highland Line services next year.

> ScotRail unveils forthcoming West Highland Line carriages with space for 20 bikes

If you travel on a train with your bike, you will know it’s a bit of a lottery; even if you’ve booked a space for it, there’s no guarantee you will get on board the train with it if other people have got there first, or if the space is filled with suitcases.

We’d like to hear about your experience – good or bad – of travelling by train in the UK or abroad with your bike, so please share your stories in the comments below.

It would be helpful if you could mention where you were travelling to and from, the name of the rail operator, and whether you were travelling as part of your commute, or for leisure.

Among issues we would love to get your views on are cycle parking at stations, the ease of getting your bike on and off the train (and storing it once on board) and your experience of whether the reservation system works – we’re aware that often, you have to book the bike separately after you have bought your ticket for travel.

Also, if you’ve reserved a space for your bike and a seat for yourself, how does that work for you? Is your seat at the other end of the train?

It goes without saying, but please don’t be shy in coming forward, and don’t hold back. The more stories we get from you in the comments the better, and may help make a difference.

Over to you.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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