The Tandem Club


Tandems on Trains

Latest information on the carriage of Tandems on trains in the U.K.


The various U.K.Train Operating Companies (TOCs) have differing policies on the carriage of Tandems.

This table provides the information compiled by our Rail Liaison Office.

NEWS The tandem ban introduced by Virgin East Coast has been lifted by the new operator LNER so the very useful East Coast Mainline is now available subject to a reasonable size limit (see below). It is not clear if this change results from a willingness to carry tandems on the new Hitachi built trains that are due to come into service in 2019 or only relates to current trains.  GWR call their Hitachi built Class 800 and 802 trains "IET" in cutomer literature and it now clear that the tandem permisive policy does not apply to these trains. GWR's HST trains still in use are tandem permissive.

For general information and advice on taking your tandem on the train look at the advice page.

If you spot any errors or have any new information then please email the Rail Liaison Officer

Link for stations and routes served by each TOC

Train Operating Company
with link to cycle policy page

 Cycle Policy from company web sites and leaflets.
Salient quotations shown in italic font

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No mention of tandems on website but leaflet says: Tandems, tricycles, ‘Rann’ trailers, motorcycles, mopeds,motorised cycles and two-wheeled scooters are not carried on any of our services.
Checked 24/02/18
Tandems and tricycles are not permitted.
Checked 24/02/18
Regular bicycles are carried (except tandems) on any Chiltern Railways…
Checked 24/02/18
As space is limited, we are unable to convey tandems, tricycles, bike trailers, motorbikes, scooters, mopeds or motorised bikes on any of our trains.
Updated link - tandem policy unchanged 24/02/18
East Coast and Virgin Trains East Coast - see LNER   Updated 08/02/19
Tandems, tricycles, motorcycles, mopeds and motorised scooters may not be taken on any of our services, nor can any kind of cycle trailer.
Updated link - policy unchanged 24/02/18
No specific mention of tandems. See Eurodespatch contact details and service on page linked from first column.
Updated 25/04/16
First Capital Connect replaced by Great Northern and Thameslink
Updated 31/03/15
Our trains include a cycle carriage area. However, as there are a limited number of spaces, passengers wishing to carry a bicycle are requested to reserve in advance, this is free of charge. Fleet is Adelante, Class 180.
Updated 25/2/18
First TransPennine Express now TransPennine Express
Updated 14/04/16
No specific mention of tandem. (Late 2017 HSTs replaced by Adelante, Class 180.)
Updated 25/02/18
Great Northern No specific mention of tandems. Only folding bikes on peak services Checked 25/02/18
Great Western Railway (GWR)
Quoting new policy leaflet (linked here as pdf):
Tandems can only be carried on HST services and must have a reservation.
The cycle policy leaflet has been updated to reflect the introduction of Hitachi built IET. The HST are still in service on some routes and these are still tandem permissive.
Updated 8/02/19
(abelio) Greater Anglia Tandems may be carried on the following routes and services (except where any relevant time restrictions apply) :
Norwich - Ipswich - Colchester - London intercity trains

Ipswich, Clacton, Colchester, Braintree, Chelmsford and Southend to London services plus the branch lines to Harwich Town, Walton-on-the-Naze and Southminster.

Norwich - Cambridge, Ipswich - Peterborough and Ipswich - Cambridge trains (except for the first and last trains of the day between Ipswich - Cambridge and vice versa and the 06.23 Bury St. Edmunds - Ipswich)

Unfortunately, tandems cannot be carried on any other services

Checked 24/02/18

The link below related to the former francise holder but the advice is still useful

more information

No mention of cycles anywhere on website.
Checked 25/02/18
No specific mention of tandems.
Checked 25/02/18
Island Line see South Western Trains
Updated 25/02/18
London North Eastern Railway (LNER)

Tandems are accepted if they conform to the following specifications and have two reservations: 100cm in height x 60cm in width x 260cm

Updated 1/11/18
No specific mention of tandems. Peak service restrictions.
Updated 1/03/18
No specific mention of tandems. Peak time restrictions for non-folding bikes.
Checked 25/02/18
No specific mention of tandems. Folded bikes only on some parts. See map.
Updated 26/02/18
Tandems and tricycles are not permitted.
Updated 25/02/18
National Express East Anglia -  now abelio Greater Anglia  see above
No specific mention of tandems.
Checked 25/02/18
We also don't allow tandems, tricycles and non-folding cycle trailers as they take up too much space.
Checked 24/02/18
No mention of tandems on website
Updated 25/02/18
New policy. We don’t allow tandems, tricycles, handbikes, motorcycles or cycles with trailers on our trains.
Updated 31/08/18
No specific mention of tandems. Complicated peak services restrictions see map
Checked 25/02/18
Only fully folded bicycles can be accepted on Stansted Express train services at any time.
Checked 25/02/18
Thameslink Railway No specific mention of tandems. Only folding bikes on peak services Checked 25/02/18
Cycle policy leaflet says: Tandems, tricycles, handbikes*, recumbent cycles, motorcycles and bicycle trailers cannot be carried on any TransPennine Express train as the trains do not have the space to accommodate these.
Updated 24/02/18
 West Coast Mainline trains can take up to four bikes, and our Pendolino trains even have space for two tandems (no penny-farthings though). It’s free, but remember to reserve your space in advance..
Updated 24/02/18
No specific mention of tandems. Peak service restrictions.
Updated 1/03/18