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Cycle policy

Cycle policy

During peak periods, many of our services are extremely busy, therefore regular (non-folding) cycles cannot be carried on many of our services during these times. Fully folding cycles are welcome on our trains at any time and we ask that these are fully folded and carried before going through the ticket gates.

The following restrictions apply:

Regular (non-folding) cycles cannot be carried:

  • On services due to arrive into London Victoria between 07:00 and 10:00 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)
  • On services due to depart from London Victoria between 16:00 – 19:00 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)


Off peak travel/non restricted services

Bike space on board our trains is extremely limited and because cycle reservations are not possible on Southern or Gatwick Express services we cannot guarantee that space will be available. In the interests of the safety and comfort of our passengers, we reserve the right to refuse access where cycle spaces are already occupied or where services are especially busy, however our staff will assist with finding alternative services.

Rail replacement buses

For safety reasons, rail replacement buses are unable to convey regular cycles. Please check for any engineering works before you travel at or 03457 48 49 50.

National Rail Guide to Cycling by Train

National Rail encourages the integrated use of cycles and trains - two convenient and environmentally friendly forms of transport. This leaflet summarises each train company's policy for carrying cycles by train.