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 took over from Virgin West Coast in December. The Pendolino trains are still in use and there is no practical reason to disallow tandems but I have yet to confirm that the permissive policy we enjoyed under Virgin control is still in place. I hope to update soon.

Last year LNER restored 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) are coming into service for some routes from May 2019. These are also 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 No mention of tandems on new website. More information awaited. Updated 09/02/20
Tandems and tricycles are not permitted.
Link updated, policy unchanged 06/04/19
Regular bicycles are carried (except tandems) on any Chiltern Railways…
Checked 06/12/19
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 06/12/19
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.
Checked 06/04/19
No specific mention of tandems but contact suggests they can be pre-booked. Check with Eurodespatch.
Updated 06/04/19
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. Adelante (Class 180) being replaced by Hitachi-built Class 802 with limited bike hanging space.
Updated 06/04/19
First TransPennine Express now TransPennine Express
Updated 14/04/16
No specific mention of tandems. (Late 2017 HSTs replaced by Adelante, Class 180.)
Checked 06/04/19
Great Northern No specific mention of tandems. Only folding bikes on peak services Link updated 06/04/19
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.
Updated 06/04/19
(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 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.
Updated 06/04/19
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.

Updated 6/12/19
No specific mention of tandems. Peak service restrictions.
Checked 06/04/19
No specific mention of tandems. Peak time restrictions for non-folding bikes.
Link updated to TfL 06/04/19
No specific mention of tandems. Folded bikes only on some parts. See map.
Link updated to TfL 06/04/19
Tandems and tricycles are not permitted.
Checked 06/12/19
Please note: a 'bike' refers to an unpowered two-wheel cycle - it excludes tandems, tricycles, power-assisted cycles and trailers. Checked 6/12/19
We also don't allow tandems, tricycles and non-folding cycle trailers as they take up too much space.
Policy unchanged, link updated 06/04/19
No mention of tandems on website. Peak time restrictions.
Updated 06/04/19
New policy. We don’t allow tandems, tricycles, handbikes, motorcycles or cycles with trailers on our trains.
Checked 06/04/19
No specific mention of tandems. Complicated peak services restrictions see map
Checked 06/04/19
Only fully folded bicycles can be accepted on Stansted Express train services at any time.
Checked 06/04/19
Thameslink Railway No specific mention of tandems. Only folding bikes on peak services Checked 06/04/19
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.
Checked 06/04/19
TfLRail No mention of tandems. Peak time restrictions for non-folding bikes. Updated 06/04/19
.... tandem bicycles aren't allowed on any services.
Updated 06/04/19
Virgin Trains (West Coast Mainline) See Avanti West Coast
Updated 09/02/20
No specific mention of tandems. Peak service restrictions.
Checked 06/04/19