Travel Advice for Home Matches 2018-19
Updated 10th September 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 Bedford Blues – Sunday 23rd September, 3:00pm
For those using the South Western Railway service between London Waterloo and Reading, there is engineering work taking place in the Feltham area. Between Virginia Water and Reading trains will run at the usual half hourly frequency. There is one train an hour from Staines and one per hour from Waterloo, diverted between Clapham Junction on Virginia Water
On Great Western Railway, stopping services between London Paddington & Didcot at slightly re-timed, so please check times before travelling, also on this line, after 11pm passengers for Pangbourne will need to get a replacement bus from Tilehurst.
On the Reading-Basingstoke line, there is a replacement bus before 9:00am and after 11:30pm.
The Gatwick Airport/Redhill to Reading line has a replacement bus between Gatwick Airport/Redhill and Guildford
In addition to the work on the M4 mentioned above, there are overnight slip road closures at Junction 10, however it looks as if it is slip roads leaving the A329(M) that are effected on our match day.