Travel Advice for Home Matches 2019-20
Updated 14th January 2020
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 Scarlets (European Challenge Cup), Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:00pm
London Irish v Gloucester (Premiership), Saturday 22nd February 2020, 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 Scarlets (European Challenge Cup), Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:00pm

TRAIN: On Great Western Railway serives look to be running normally on the Saturday.
On South Western Railway there looks to be a normal service running on the Waterloo to Reading line.

ROADS: For those travelling out from London / Slough, the M4 will be closed between junction 6 (Slough) and Junction 8/9 (Maidenhead), the closure is for the whole weekend.
Roadworks on Vastern Road in Reading may cause delays to those travelling through town, in particular from areas north of the river.

WEATHER: It looks as if it will be cold, but dry for the match, the temperature will be just 2 or 3°C at the start of the match, but a degree colder by the finish. The chance of rain is just 5%. There will be a gentle north-westerly breeze.

 

London Irish v Gloucester (Premiership), Saturday 22nd February 2020, 3:00pm

TRAIN: Services on Great Western Railway appear to be running normally. For those travelling from Gloucester, there is an hourly direct service between Gloucester & Reading
On South Western Railway there looks to be a normal service running on the Waterloo to Reading line.

ROADS: Roadworks on Vastern Road in Reading may cause delays to those travelling through town, in particular from areas north of the river.

WEATHER: TBC