Travel Advice for Home Matches 2019-20
Updated 11th September 2019
We will use this page to list any information we have on travel disruption on the trains and the roads for our home matches. Information will be updated ahead of each match during the 2019-20 season.

London Irish v Harlequins (Premiership Cup), Saturday 28th September, 3:00pm
London Irish v Sale Sharks (Premiership Cup), Saturday 12th October 2019, 3:00pm
London Irish v Sale Sharks (Premiership), Saturday 26th October 2019, 3:00pm

M4 Smart Motorway Work to convert the M4 between London & Reading into a smart motorway started in September 2018. There are currently narrow lanes and speed restrictions between junction 8/9 and junction 12. There are also narrow lanes and speed restrictions in West London between junctions 3 & 4b.

Parking: Parking at the Madejski Stadium is limited and it is recommended that parking places are booked in advance via the London Irish ticket website

Shuttle Buses: Reading Buses service R1 runs from the Southwest interchange at Reading station to the Madejski Stadium on match days. Services start about 3 hours before kick-off, with the last service from town being about 20 minutes before kick-off. Services run back into town from the end of the match, with the last bus being around 2 & a half hours after the match.
Details can be found on the Reading Buses Website – the adult fare is £3.50 return (£2.50 single). As the rugby shuttle buses are not part of Reading Buses regular services, Reading Buses Day, Weekly, Monthly etc tickets are not valid.
Concessionary passes are not valid on the rugby shuttle buses due to changes to the Concessionary pass scheme within Reading Borough, however, to help concessionary pass holders still enjoy the rugby, Reading Buses are offering them a £2 return to the match on the R1 shuttle. To gain any concessionary fare, you must show a valid concessionary pass when boarding.
Fares can be paid in cash or with contactless Debit / Credit cards, if paying by cash, please have the exact fare as the drivers don’t carry change.

 

London Irish v Harlequins (Premiership Cup) – Saturday 28th September 2019, 3:00pm

TRAIN: On Great Western Railway there looks to be a normal service running during the day. For those travelling home late-ish in the evening, after 9:15pm there are replacement buses on the Maidenhead-Marlow line; after 9:15pm trains will not call at Taplow or Burnham, there is a bus from Slough; after 11:00pm train will not call at Pangbourne, there is a bus from Tilehurst; and the last service to London Paddington (at 00:20am) will terminate a Slough, there will be a replacement bus between Slough & Paddington.
On South Western Railway due to engineering work in the Feltham/Staines area, there are no direct trains between Reading and London Waterloo. Trains are running between Reading and Ascot. There is a replacement bus from Ascot to Hounslow.

ROADS: The M4 will be closed in Slough, between junctions 5 & 6.

 

London Irish v Sale Sharks (Premiership Cup) – Saturday 12th October 2019, 3:00pm

TRAIN: On Great Western Railway there looks to be a normal service running during the day. For those travelling home late-ish in the evening, after 8:45pm there are replacement buses on the Twyford-Henley line; after 9:15pm trains will not call at Taplow or Burnham, there is a bus from Slough; after 11:00pm train will not call at Pangbourne, there is a bus from Tilehurst.
On South Western Railway all services are scheduled to run normally.

ROADS: Other than the work on the M4 mentioned above, we are not currently aware of any roadworks affecting the main routes to/from the Madejski Stadium.

 

London Irish v Sale Sharks (Premiership) – Saturday 26th October 2019, 3:00pm

TRAIN: On Great Western Railway there looks to be a normal service on most routes during the day, however on the line from Gatwick Airport/Guildford to Reading, there are replacement buses between Wokingham & Reading.
For those travelling home late-ish in the evening, after approx 8:00pm there are replacement buses on both the Maidenhead-Marlow & Twyford-Henley lines; after 9:15pm trains will not call at Taplow or Burnham, there is a bus from Slough; after 11:00pm trains will not call at Pangbourne, there is a bus from Tilehurst.
On South Western Railway there are replacement buses running between Bracknell and Reading. Services between London Waterloo and Bracknell may be altered due to engineering work nearer to London
Also, for those travelling home late in the evening there are replacement buses between Eastleigh & Southampton after midnight.

ROADS: Other than the work on the M4 mentioned above, we are not currently aware of any roadworks affecting the main routes to/from the Madejski Stadium.