Travel Advice for Home Matches 2018-19
Updated 2nd December 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.
On Great Western Railway, on the local line from London Paddington to Reading, trains are not calling at Burnham, there is a replacement bus from Burnham to Slough. There is also a replacement bus service between Marlow & Maidenhead.
There are also replacement buses between Reigate and Redhill/Gatwick Airport and 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. Also there are replacement buses after 11:30pm on the Reading to Basingstoke & Reading to Newbury lines.
On South Western Railway, there is a replacement bus service running between Staines and Ascot, some buses will continue to Reading, calling at Bracknell only and there is an hourly train service calling at all stations between Ascot and Reading (the service between London Waterloo and Staines will be running as normal).
In addition to the work on the M4 mentioned above, there will be some road closures during the afternoon due to the Annual Reading Toy Run, this does not affect those using the M4 & A33 to get to the stadium, but may affect those travelling from Whitley Wood, Lower Earley, Wokingham, Winnersh and areas to the south of Reading. Road closures are from 1pm to 4pm and include Whitley Wood Lane, Lower Earley Way, the A329 between the Showcase Cinema in Winnersh & Shute End in Wokingham and Rectory Road & Wiltshire Road in Wokingham.