Going to Reading festival? Travel advice for Reading Festival goers

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Great Western Railway (GWR) has published the following travel advice for Reading Festival goers, Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August.

Festival ticket holders are being advised to allow plenty of time for their journey as a queuing system will be in place to help passengers board trains in safety.

Advice for travellers going to the Reading Festival

  • Leave Reading Station by the South exit (closest to the city centre shops) where you can catch a shuttle bus, a taxi, or walk to the festival site via Vastern and then Caversham Roads
  • Should you wish to take a shuttle bus a queuing system will be in place
  • Please use the pedestrian crossing as signposted
  • Make sure you phone is charged if you have an eticket

Heading home?

GWR is to run three additional trains in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday morning to take Reading Festival goers home when the music ends.

The extra, early morning services will run as follows:

  • 0134 Reading to London Paddington, calling at: Twyford, Maidenhead, Slough, and Ealing Broadway
  • 0317 Reading to Paddington calling at: Twyford, Maidenhead, Slough, and Ealing Broadway
  • 0504 Reading to Redhill calling at: Wokingham, Black Water, North Camp, Ash, Guildford, Shalford, Dorking (Deepdene), and Reigate

Walk down Richfield Avenue, Caversham Road and then take Vastern Roads (the one to the left of TGI Fridays) to Reading Station’s North entrance.

  • Shuttle buses are available to take you from Caversham Road to the North entrance
  • Please use signage to get to the North entrance where you will be able to enter and catch your train
  • All taxis and private hire vehicles have been informed to drop off at the North Entrance

Those returning home after the festival should allow at least two hours to get to their train from the festival venue if they have booked a ticket on a specific trains service. If you miss your booked train due to arriving late you may have to purchase a further ticket to board a different service.

Network Rail engineering work is taking place between Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Gloucester and severn tunnel. Those travelling from further afield are advised to plan their journeys in advance.

Notes to editors

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