Travel Advice for Home Matches 2019-20
Updated 26th November 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 Toulon (European Challenge Cup), Saturday 14th December 2019, 3:00pm
London Irish v Bath (Premiership), Sunday 22nd December 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 Bayonne (European Challenge Cup), Saturday 23rd November 2019, 3:00pm

TRAIN: It looks like a normal service will be running on Great Western Railway, apart from the 11:35pm service from Reading to Gatwick Airport, which terminates at Redhill (there will be a replacement bus to Gatwick)
It also looks like a normal service will be running on South Western Railway.

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.

WEATHER: It currently looks like being another wet match-day with a 50-60% chance of light rain. The temperature is expected to be around 9° C with a moderate easterly wind.

 

London Irish v Toulon (European Challenge Cup), Saturday 14th December 2019, 3:00pm

TRAIN: It looks like a normal service will be running on Great Western Railway services to and from Reading.
It also looks like a normal service will be running on South Western Railway.

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.

WEATHER: TBC

 

London Irish v Bath (Premiership), Sunday 22nd December 2019, 3:00pm

TRAIN: On Great Western Railway many services from London Paddington will depart up to 10 minutes earlier than normal and some services will not run.
For those heading over from Bath, services are running at their normal half hourly frequency in both directions
For those heading home late in the evening, after 11pm trains will not call at Burnham – there will be a replacement bus from Slough.
On South Western Railway there will be no trains running between Staines and Reading due to engineering work in the Virginia Water & Ascot area. There will be replacement buses from Staines, via Ascot to Reading. For those in Wokingham, the Great Western Gatwick-Guildford-Reading line is not affected.

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.

WEATHER: TBC