Travel Advice for Home Matches 2018-19
Updated 21st March 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.
See below for travel information for:
London Irish v Doncaster Knights – Saturday 23rd March, 3:00pm
M4 Smart Motorway (updated 21st January 2019): Work to convert the M4 between London & Reading into a smart motorway started 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).
We understand the Smart Motorway work now extends through to junction 12, so there may be narrow lanes and speed restrictions along the whole of the Reading stretch of the M4.
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.
Doncaster are the visitors for our St Patrick’s Party this season – the party starts at noon and the match is at 3pm
Weather Forecast: The forecast is for a mainly dry day for the match and the pre & post match party. The chance of rain is around 10%, temperature around 10 or 11° and a moderate north-easterly wind.
Great Western Railway: There are not any major disruptions to services on the match day, however a few late evening services on the London Paddington-Reading-Didcot/Oxford line are retimed.
South Western Railway: There is no planned engineering work that will disrupt the South Western Railway routes to/from Reading on the match day.
The Smart Motorway work on the M4 mentioned above now extends through to junction 12, so there may be narrow lanes and speed restrictions along the whole of the Reading stretch of the M4, however there are not any closures planned at times that would disrupt travel to/from the Madejski.
We are not currently aware of any other roadworks on the major routes to/from the Madejski Stadium, however road closures on the Oxford Road, at Reading West Station and on Kings Road may have a knock-on effects on other roads around the town centre.