Travel Advice for Home Matches

Travel Advice for Home Matches 2018-19
Updated June 2018

We will use this page to list any information we have on travel disruption on the trains and the roads for our home matches.

Work to convert the M4 between London & Reading into a smart motorway starts in September 2018. The first phase is between junction 8/9 and junction 10 and mean narrow lanes and speed restrictions during the whole of the 2018-19 season & beyond (the whole project is scheduled to be completed in 2022).

Parking: Parking at the Madejski Stadium is limited and it is recommended that parking places are booked in advance via the London Irish ticket website

Shuttle Buses: Reading Buses service R1 runs from the Southwest interchange at Reading station to the Madejski Stadium on match days.
Services start about 3 hours before kick-off, with the last service from town being about 20 minutes before kick-off.
Services run back into town from the end of the match, with the last bus being around 2 & a half hours after the match.
Details can be found on the Reading Buses Website – the adult fare is £3.50 return (£2.50 single).
Note: As the rugby shuttle buses are not part of Reading Buses regular services, Reading Buses Day, Weekly, Monthly etc tickets are not valid.
Note: Concessionary passes are not valid on the rugby shuttle buses due to changes to the Concessionary pass scheme within Reading Borough, however, to help concessionary pass holders still enjoy the rugby, Reading Buses are offering them a £2 return to the match on the R1 shuttle. To gain any concessionary fare, you must show a valid concessionary pass when boarding.
Note: In general change is not given on Reading Buses – fares can be paid in cash or with contact-less Debit/Credit cards.



London Irish v Saracens – Premiership, Sunday 29th April, 3:00pm
Updated 17th April

Services look to be running normally(ish) on most of the the routes into Reading.
However for those using the line from Gatwick Airport to Reading, there is a replacement bus between Shalford & North Camp.
And for those using the Waterloo to Reading line, services are diverted via Hounslow and do not call at Richmond or Twickenham. There are replacement buses from Richmond & Twickenham to Hounslow.
For those travelling back to Pangbourne there are replacement buses from Tilehurst after 9:30pm.

Other then the on-going roadworks on the A33 & M4 (see above), we are not currently aware of any planned roadworks on the main routes to the MadStad for this weekend.