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Bringing a bike on board

Feel free to travel with a folding bike any time. But if you want to bring a regular cycle on board, there are some restrictions you should know about.

Our cycle policy

If you have a fully folding cycle, you’re welcome to bring it on board any of our trains. Just be sure to fold and carry your bike before going through the ticket gates.

By ‘fully folding’, we mean a cycle that has small wheels and folds in more than one place.

Unfortunately we don’t always have space for non-folding bikes.

When we can't carry non-folding bikes

To make sure there is space for all our passengers at times when our trains are busiest, we don’t allow non-folding bikes:

  • at any time between Drayton Park and Moorgate. This is for safety reasons and complies with Transport for London’s policy of not permitting non-folding bicycles on the London Underground lines shown on the attached map; Highbury & Islington, Old Street and Moorgate stations are all managed by London Underground.
  • on trains south of Stevenage or Hertford North timed to arrive in London between 07:00 and 09:30 Monday to Friday, except on public holidays
  • on trains timed to leave London between 16:00 and 19:00 Monday to Friday, except on public holidays
  • on trains that are timed to leave Ely or Waterbeach or Cambridge North towards Cambridge between 07:45 and 08:45 Monday to Friday, except on public holidays 

You can take a bike with you at any time between Stevenage and Hertford North. 

If you’re bringing your bike on the train, please don’t lock it to any part of the train or leave it unattended.

Other restrictions

If your bike is in a space designated for wheelchairs, you must remove it if a passenger using a wheelchair needs it.

If your bike would obstruct other passengers when they’re boarding, alighting or standing, we may need to ask you to remove it – or not to bring it on board – even at times when bikes are normally allowed.

If a member of train or station staff asks you to remove your bike from the train, you must do so.

If we can’t let you board because there’s no room for your bike, our staff will help you find another train.

On rail replacement bus services

For safety reasons, we can’t take non-folding cycles on rail replacement buses. Please check for any engineering works before you travel.

I need to take my cycle on the train, as I use it to continue my journey at the other end. Can you make an exception?

For the safety of all our passengers, we can’t make exceptions on peak hour restrictions. But we do want to support our passengers who commute by bicycle. You might consider:

  • Using a folding cycle
  • Travelling earlier or later to avoid peak times
  • Buying two cycles and keep one at each end of your journey
  • Making use of London’s self-service bike-sharing scheme, Santander Cycles

If I use a station shelter with CCTV, is Great Northern responsible for my cycle?

Sorry, no. While we aim to provide safe and secure bike parking, ultimately your cycle is left at your own risk.

If the space designated for wheelchair users is free, why can't I use it for my bike?

Even if there are no wheelchair users, during busy periods this space is meant to be used as extra seating or standing room for passengers.

Parking your bike at the station

There are secure cycle parking facilities at many of our stations - find yours now