Imagine taking your bike on the train to get to that perfect rural ride. There’s a fair bit of planning to do – but where would you start?
The answer is PlusBike – the all-in-one information service for combined cycle and rail journeys that offers an easier way to plan before you set off.
Accessed through the National Rail website and official app, PlusBike provides clear and easy-to-understand guidance on taking bikes on trains, train carriage rules, bike parking at stations and nearby cycle hire as you plan your rail journey.
A quick click on the ‘details’ link next to each train service leads to bespoke information for your trip, taking into account both departure and arrival destinations.
It makes it easy to see if and when you can take your bike on a certain service, the number of cycle parking spaces at the station, or even if you can hire two wheels at either end of your journey.
An initiative from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), PlusBike is designed to make it easier to travel by rail with a bike for the perfect day out – whether your idea of that is a day of Peak District climbs or getting to a race or sportive with ease.
And with as many as 50 million cycle-rail journeys made last year, an increase of 40 per cent in six years, the demand is clearly there.
Jacqueline Starr, RDG’s customer experience managing director, said: “Record numbers of people are getting on their bikes as part of their rail journeys.
“We have more cycle spaces at stations than ever before, and PlusBike shows people just how easy it is to take your cycle to the station or on the train, which helps cycles play a key part in the customer journey.”
If you are thinking of catching a train with your bike, head to nationalrail.co.uk/plusbike or download the National Rail Enquiries app on the App Store, Google Play or Windows Phone Store.