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: Avanti West Coast have confirmed that the Pendolino trains can carry two tandems (two reservations per tandem), as they could during the Virgin West Coast franchise. Avanti West Coast website updated with new FAQ March 2021.

LNER allows tandem carriage permission subject to a reasonable size limit (see below). The new Hitachi-built Class 800 and 801 trains (called Azuma by this company) used for most service although some older 225 sets have been retained by the company.  These are tandem carriage permissive as linked and listed below. LNER routes include London <=> Edinburgh with a once a day service London <=> Inverness.

GWR call their Hitachi built Class 800 and 802 trains "IET" in customer literature and it is now clear that the tandem permisive policy does not apply to these trains. 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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Arriva Trains Wales - see Transport for Wales (TfW Rail)
Updated 06/04/19
Avanti West Coast

Website Updated March 2021 to add new FAQ including:

Each Voyager and Pendolino can carry up to 4 bikes.
Currently our Voyager trains cannot accept tandem bikes but each Pendolino train has enough room for two tandem bikes (please book two bike spaces for each tandem when booking your bike reservation).

Updated 13/03/21
Tandems and tricycles are not permitted.
Checked 02/02/21
Please note, we cannot accommodate tandem bikes.
Added 09/03/21
Regular bicycles are carried (except tandems) on any Chiltern Railways…
Checked 02/02/21
As space is limited, we are unable to convey tandems, tricycles, bike trailers, motorbikes, scooters, mopeds or motorised bikes on any of our trains.
Checked 02/02/21
East Coast and Virgin Trains East Coast - see LNER   Updated 08/02/19
No specific mention of tandems. 
Updated 09/03/21
Luggage and cycles service suspended due to Covid 19. Folding bikes packed to be 85cm maximum dimension can still be carried if bagged.
Updated 20/02/21
No specific mention of tandems.
Updated 10/02/21
Great Northern No specific mention of tandems. Only folding bikes on peak services Link checked 09/03/21
Great Western Railway (GWR)
Quoting 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 (Class 800 and 802). The HST is still in service on some routes and these are still tandem permissive.
Checked 09/03/21
(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 06/04/19

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

more information

Heathrow Connect now TfL Rail
Updated 06/04/19
No specific mention of tandems. Time restrictions on cycles.
Checked 09/03/21
Hull Trains call their new Hitachi-built Class 802 trains Paragon. FAQ: We are unable to carry tandem bicycles or other oversized cycles,
Updated 10/02/21
Island Line see South Western Trains
Updated 25/02/18

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) old rolling stock


LNER Azuma

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

For Azuma trains (Hitachi built class 800 and 801): Tandems up to 2.5m in length with both wheels removed can also be stored onboard. Bikes must have a reservation (tyres measuring over 7.4cm and tandems require two reservations). Reservations can be made at station Travel Centres or over the phone.

Checked 09/03/21
No specific mention of tandems. Peak service restrictions.
Checked 09/03/21
Link updated to TfL 06/04/19
Link updated to TfL 06/04/19
Tandems and tricycles are not permitted.
Checked 09/03/21
Please note: a 'bike' refers to an unpowered two-wheel cycle - it excludes tandems, tricycles, power-assisted cycles and trailers. Checked 9/03/21
we are unable to accommodate tandems... on our trains.
Updated 09/03/21
We don’t allow tandems, tricycles, handbikes, motorcycles or cycles with trailers on our trains.
Checked 09/03/21
No specific mention of tandems. Peak services restrictions in places. See map linked under "Limits on regular cycles" paragraph.
Updated 09/03/21
No mention of tandems on website. Peak time restrictions.
Checked 09/03/21
You can bring a folding bike on board, as long as it is fully folded. Unfortunately, we can’t take any other bikes on any of our services.
Updated 14/02/21
TfLRail No mention of tandems. Peak time restrictions for non-folding bikes. Link updated 02/02/21
.... tandem bicycles aren't allowed on any services.
Checked 02/02/21
Thameslink Railway No specific mention of tandems. Only folding bikes on peak services Checked 09/03/21


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.
Policy unchanged, link updated 02/02/21
Virgin Trains (West Coast Mainline) See Avanti West Coast
Updated 09/02/20
No specific mention of tandems. Peak service restrictions - some relaxed during Covid 19 Pandemic.
Updated 09/03/21