Travelling on UK trains with a bicycle is widely accepted by National Rail ( formerly British rail), as both forms of transport are environmentally friendly. There is no charge for travelling with accompanied bicycles, and an increasing number of stations are offering bicycle storage at or near the station, making things even easier for the green traveller.
There are some restrictions made by train operating companies, such as mandatory reservation or the carriage of bicycles during peak train times - please see National Rail for details.
If you travel with a bicycle, you do so at your own risk. The bicycle must be placed in one of the designated areas, clearly labelled, and covered up if it's folded. The bicycle must not cause an obstruction on the train.
Some types of bicycle are not permitted unless otherwise stated by the train operator; these include tandems, bicycle trailers and tricycles. Motorised cycles, motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds are not permitted under any circumstances.
If your train journey is likely to include a bus replacement service, please note that only fully-folded folded cycles are permitted.
Cycle hire is available at some UK stations, including London stations that are part of the Barclays Cycle Hire programme. Please visit Transport for London for more details of Barclays Cycle Hire, or contact the station directly.