Restrictions on taking bikes on Southern trains due to Brighton to London Bike Ride

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RESTRICTIONS on taking bikes on to trains will be in force due to London to Brighton Bike Ride.

The UK’s largest charity bike ride will take place on Sunday June 17 June in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Because of the large number of bicycles involved, passengers will not be able to board Southern services with a non-folding cycle at any Southern station from the start of service until 12 noon.

After 12 noon they will be able to board with bicycles north of Three Bridges, east of Eastbourne and west of Chichester stations, but will not be able to take their bikes to stations that carry an all-day ban.

First Capital Connect will also be excluding non-folding cycles under the same conditions as Southern.

The ride organisers, the British Heart Foundation make alternative arrangements for bike ride participants on the day.

Saturday June 16 If passengers are planning to use train services from Brighton with their cycles on Saturday 16 June, they may experience delays as trains leaving Brighton can only hold a limited number of cycles.

A queuing system will be in place for the day.

Sunday June 17 Temporary restrictions are in place depending on which station passengers travel from and to.

At some stations, non-folding cycles are not accepted all day.

At all other Southern stations, all types of cycle will be accepted from 12:00 onwards.

Passengers can see these restrictions on the Southern Network map at southernrailway.com

Monday June 18 If passengers are planning to use train services from Brighton with cycles on Monday June 18 they may experience delays as trains leaving Brighton can only hold a limited number of cycles.

A queuing system will be in place to manage this.

Please also note that normal, peak time restrictions will apply. These can be viewed at southernrailway.com/cyclepolicy  For more information about the bike ride, visit: bhf.org.uk/L2Binfo

RIDE DAY

From the start of service until 12 noon, no non-folding bicycles will be permitted on any Southern services

From 1200, bicycles will be permitted on trains in the following areas of the network: north of Three Bridges (the Metro area), east of Eastbourne and west of Chichester.

Between the following stations, non-folding bicycles cannot be boarded on our services all day: between Chichester and Brighton, between Brighton and Three Bridges, between Brighton and Lewes/Eastbourne, between Brighton and Seaford and stations on the Arun Valley Line.

Bicycles will be permitted as usual on Gatwick Express services between Gatwick and Victoria.