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Bringing a bike

Feel free to travel with a folding bike any time. But if you want to bring a regular cycle on board, there are some restrictions you should know about.

 Our cycle policy

If you have a fully folding cycle, you’re welcome to bring it on board any of our trains. Just be sure to fold and carry your bike before going through the ticket gates.

By ‘fully folding’, we mean a cycle that has small wheels and folds in more than one place. Unfortunately we don’t always have space for non-folding bikes.

Limits on regular cycles

To make sure there is space for all our passengers at times when our trains are busiest, we don’t allow non-folding bikes:

Peak hour trains are the following:

  • on trains travelling towards London that are timed to arrive at or pass through any central London station between 07:00 and 10:00 Monday to Friday, except on public holidays
  • on trains travelling away from London that are timed to depart from or pass through any central London station between 16:00 and19:00 Monday to Friday, except on public holidays

You can take a bike with you at any time between Bedford and Luton Airport Parkway.

If you’re bringing your bike on the train, please don’t lock it to any part of the train or leave it unattended.

Additional limits

If your bike is in a space designated for wheelchairs, you must remove it if a passenger using a wheelchair needs it.

If your bike would obstruct other passengers when they’re boarding, alighting or standing, we may need to ask you to remove it – or not to bring it on board – even at times when bikes are normally allowed.

If a member of train or station staff asks you to remove your bike from the train, you must do so.

If we can’t let you board because there’s no room for your bike, our staff will help you find another train.

In case of engineering works

For safety reasons, we can’t take non-folding cycles on rail replacement buses. Please check for any engineering works before you travel.

I need to take my cycle on the train, as I use it to continue my journey at the other end. Can you make an exception?

For the safety of all our passengers, we can’t make exceptions on peak hour restrictions. But we do want to support our passengers who commute by bicycle. You might consider:

  • Using a folding cycle
  • Travelling earlier or later to avoid peak times
  • Buying two cycles and keep one at each end of your journey
  • Making use of London’s self-service bike-sharing scheme, Santander Cycles

If I use a station shelter with CCTV, is Thameslink responsible for my cycle?

Sorry, no. While we aim to provide safe and secure bike parking, ultimately your cycle is left at your own risk.

If the space designated for wheelchair users is free, why can't I use it for my bike?

Even if there are no wheelchair users, during busy periods this space is meant to be used as extra seating or standing room for passengers.

Parking your bike at the station

There are secure cycle parking facilities at many of our stations - find yours now