Travel Advice for Home Matches 2018-19
Updated 8th November 2018

We will use this page to list any information we have on travel disruption on the trains and the roads for our home matches.

M4 Smart Motorway: Work to convert the M4 between London & Reading into a smart motorway starts in September 2018. The first phase is between junction 8/9 and junction 10 and mean narrow lanes and speed restrictions during the whole of the 2018-19 season & beyond (the whole project is scheduled to be completed in 2022).

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.

Change is typically not given on Reading Buses – fares can be paid in cash or with contactless Debit / Credit cards.

 

London Irish v Cornish Pirates (Championship Cup) – Sunday 18th November, 3:00pm

On South Western Railway,  the Waterloo-Reading line has replacement buses running between Reading and Bracknell.

On Great Western Railway, the line from Reading-Gatwick has replacement buses between Reading and Wokingham.
Early morning services on the Basingstoke line have replacement buses running between Reading and Basingstoke – however unless the engineering works overrun, trains will be running by the time most are making their journey to the match.
For those travelling home late after the match: after 10:45pm trains are not stopping at Burnham, there is a replacement bus from Slough. And after 11:00pm trains are not stopping at Pangbourne, there is a replacement bus from Tilehurst.

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

 

London Irish v Bedford Blues (Championship Cup) – Sunday 25th November, 3:00pm

On Great Western Railway, there are replacement buses running between Newbury and Reading & between Basingstoke and Reading.
There is an amended timetable for the stopping service between London Paddington, Reading & Didcot, and there are also some alterations to times on the Reading to Gatwick line.
For those travelling home late after the match, after 11:00pm trains are not stopping at Pangbourne, there is a replacement bus from Tilehurst.

On CrossCountry, services from Reading to Southampton (& beyond) will be diverted via Guildford and will not call at Basingstoke, Winchester or Southampton Airport Parkway.

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