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London to Brighton bikes banned from trains again

The Argus: Restrictions on rail travel Restrictions on rail travel

A TRAIN company has announced restrictions on travelling with a bicycle on Sunday the day of the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride.

On Saturday and Monday passengers travelling on train services from Brighton with cycles may experience delays.

A queueing system will be in place.

On the day of the race passengers will not be able to board Southern services with a non-folding cycle at any Southern station from the start of service until midday.

After that they will be able to board north of Gatwick, east of Pevensey and Westham and west of Fishbourne stations, but will not be able to take their bikes to stations that carry an all-day ban.

First Capital Connect will also be excluding non-folding cycles under the same conditions as Southern on the Sunday.

These restrictions apply to all cyclists.

The British Heart Foundation makes alternative arrangements for bike ride participants on the day to travel between London and Brighton. For details see bhf.org.uk/L2Binfo

A map showing where the restrictions are can be found at southernrailway.com

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1:27pm Wed 11 Jun 14

billy goat-gruff says...

In the days of slam-door rolling stock, they used to lay on extra trains to take the cyclists back to London. Now we have trucks parked up at Hove Lawns. And there is a blanket ban on cycles on trains, even if you're miles away from Brighton. It makes no sense! What other company would turn away potential profit?
In the days of slam-door rolling stock, they used to lay on extra trains to take the cyclists back to London. Now we have trucks parked up at Hove Lawns. And there is a blanket ban on cycles on trains, even if you're miles away from Brighton. It makes no sense! What other company would turn away potential profit? billy goat-gruff
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3:25pm Wed 11 Jun 14

pachallis says...

billy goat-gruff wrote:
In the days of slam-door rolling stock, they used to lay on extra trains to take the cyclists back to London. Now we have trucks parked up at Hove Lawns. And there is a blanket ban on cycles on trains, even if you're miles away from Brighton. It makes no sense! What other company would turn away potential profit?
@billy goat-gruff - Don't you start!

I've just been having a similar discussion with HJarrs (he is an utter pain in the proverbial!) on the Brighton & Hove News web-site where he thinks the same as you and blames the privatisation of the rail industry in 1993 and that they should be renationalised and that someone will then just 'create' a mechanism for transporting thousands of bicycles once per year because, I assume, the Green Party Sustainable Transport Committee will demand it!

I imagine the problem is the new rolling stock where there is little space to take such a potentially large number of non-folding bikes.

Southern already limits non-folding bicycles on certain routes at peak times and on other routes they are only allowed on when there is space.

I imagine they have looked at the potential number of bicycles and riders trying to get on at Brighton Station (or nearby) and have just had to say 'no' for the sake of the cyclists and the other passengers.

As you say, at least BHF have setup alternate facilities for bikes to be transported home.
[quote][p][bold]billy goat-gruff[/bold] wrote: In the days of slam-door rolling stock, they used to lay on extra trains to take the cyclists back to London. Now we have trucks parked up at Hove Lawns. And there is a blanket ban on cycles on trains, even if you're miles away from Brighton. It makes no sense! What other company would turn away potential profit?[/p][/quote]@billy goat-gruff - Don't you start! I've just been having a similar discussion with HJarrs (he is an utter pain in the proverbial!) on the Brighton & Hove News web-site where he thinks the same as you and blames the privatisation of the rail industry in 1993 and that they should be renationalised and that someone will then just 'create' a mechanism for transporting thousands of bicycles once per year because, I assume, the Green Party Sustainable Transport Committee will demand it! I imagine the problem is the new rolling stock where there is little space to take such a potentially large number of non-folding bikes. Southern already limits non-folding bicycles on certain routes at peak times and on other routes they are only allowed on when there is space. I imagine they have looked at the potential number of bicycles and riders trying to get on at Brighton Station (or nearby) and have just had to say 'no' for the sake of the cyclists and the other passengers. As you say, at least BHF have setup alternate facilities for bikes to be transported home. pachallis
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