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« on: April 25, 2023, 12:26:57 »

Current paper/PDF timetable: "You must reserve a bike space on many of our services"

May paper/PDF timetable: "On our IETs (Intercity Express Train) bike reservations are strongly advised"

Emphasis mine. So it looks like GWR (Great Western Railway) are relaxing the requirement for bikes to be booked in advance. I believe guards have confirmed this to passengers.)
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2023, 13:33:04 »

A sensible change, especially with more IET (Intercity Express Train)’s now being increasingly used on regional services with more frequent stops.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2023, 14:59:32 »

Doesn't this mean that given the limited / inflexible space for bikes, it increases the chances that someone reserves a space and on the day finds it already occupied.

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2023, 16:19:32 »

Or, worse still, two or more people arrive with bikes, only to find there's room for only one machine. Who takes the space, who rides?

(Reminds me when I took a train from Reading to Dorking to watch the Olympics cycling road race near Dorking in 2012. The train filled up at Reading and people were arriving with their bikes only to be turned away. The roads between the two places aren't direct, but I used to reckon it was about 37 miles by bike, so the disappointed riders - well, some of them - could have ridden there in a couple of hours and still caught the race.)
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2023, 16:43:07 »

I guess it depends if the reservation displays are working, and how many of the "bike and bulk" spaces are available for reservation. In practice, it does seem that GWR (Great Western Railway) guards are increasingly happy to let bikes on without reservations and use any of the spaces - in this part of the world at least.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2023, 17:19:55 »

What date will these changes apply from? I know it's 'May timetable' but what date in May?
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2023, 18:24:46 »

What date will these changes apply from? I know it's 'May timetable' but what date in May?

21st May 2023 (Sunday)
Weekday changes from 22nd May
Saturday changes from 27th May
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2023, 06:52:14 »

The reservation system has always been fairly pointless when you didn't have to reserve for luggage in the same space. I find that most TMs(resolve) have benn pragmatic about it because the realise the shortcomings in the idea.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2023, 10:13:20 »

You want some fairly forthright comments on the infrastructure provided:
https://road.cc/content/news/why-taking-your-bike-train-such-faff-301335

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