Industrial Action Affecting Travel to Reading

Please note that industrial strike action may affect rail services into Reading operated by the First Great Western rail company. This operates services between London Paddington and Reading and between Oxford and Reading and between Reading and the West Country and South Wales. The action is due to take place between Thursday and Saturday of this week. Further information can be found here.

If you are planning to travel to Reading from London by train during the strike you can use an alternative route from Waterloo to Reading operated by a different company РSouth West Trains.  Alternatively, National Express operate a regular coach service between Victoria coach station and Reading. Please also note that the CrossCountry rail company, which operates services to Reading from the Midlands and the North of the UK (via Oxford) and from the South coast is unaffected by the strike. Delegates travelling from Oxford who had planned to use First Great Western may use their tickets on CrossCountry trains. Please click here for further information.

Finally, please also note that travel within London will be affected by a 24 hour tube strike due to commence at 18:30 on Wednesday evening. If you are currently based in London this may affect your plans for travelling to London rail stations for onward travel to Reading (although note that your journey should not be affected if you are travelling to London during the day on Wednesday). Buses and the London Overground Rail service will still be running or you can take a black cab during the strike itself. For further information please see Transport for London.