Tag Archives: Bike/Rail

Restrictions on cycles on trains in Bath area this April

We’ve been notified of restrictions to carrying cycles on the replacement bus services in operation while Bath station is being modernised this April.  This leaflet has further details GWR Bath Station Modernisation leaflet TPOD3 FINAL, but the key points are:

Weekend of 8/9 April – Buses replace trains Bristol Temple Meads – Bath – Chippenham – Westbury

Monday 10 to Thursday 13 April – Trains run, but there will be slightly less capacity than normal in the Bath area

Good Friday to Easter Monday inc – Buses replace trains Bristol Temple Meads – Bath – Chippenham – Westbury

Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 April – Trains run, but there will be slightly less capacity than normal in the Bath area

Weekend of 22/23 April – Buses replace trains Bristol Temple Meads – Bath – Chippenham – Westbury

When buses replace trains we can only convey folding bikes.


Please also note that there will be a similar policy in operation in the Swindon, Chippenham, Bristol and South Wales areas later on this year when other big improvement projects take place.

Two rail surveys, one local, the other a national bike-rail survey

We are strong supporters of Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FOSBR) and they have just launched an online rail travel survey to feed into the
WEP Joint Transport Plan and inform their campaign strategy – see the FOSBR website or follow the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LWQBS7T

The national Association of Train Operating Companies is interested in learning more about travel by cycle-rail. Here’s what they’re after:

The number of cycle-rail users is growing each year and so it’s important that the Association of Train Operating Companies, understand how best to provide you with helpful information when you’re planning a rail journey with a cycle.

They want to make your cycle-rail journey as simple as possible with the view to clarify information around station cycle facilities, hire schemes nearby and cycle restrictions on board trains.  Take their short survey which will take between 10-15 minutes to complete. As a thank you for your time all completed surveys will be entered into a free prize draw where four lucky winners will win £25 worth of Amazon gift vouchers each. The survey and prize draw will close on 31st January. Details of how to enter can be found at the end of the survey.

The link is: http://bit.ly/PlusBike5

Portishead rail consultation

BCyC member Alan Morris reports in from the Portishead railway line consultation exhibition…

It confirms that “Our engineering work to date indicates it should be feasible to retain the short sections of cycle / pedestrian path alongside the re-opened railway under the bridges, subject to some reductions in the width of the path and provision of appropriate fencing and other safety requirements.”

And there will be a “a 300 metre pedestrian and cycle promenade with lighting linking [the Portishead station] to the town centre and various footpath improvements.”

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