Bicycles on the Morecambe-Leeds line

Has anyone else had problems taking their bikes on the Northern Rail line between Morecambe and Leeds?  Only two bikes are allowed per train (even if there’s plenty of room) and you can’t book in advance – so taking a bicycle is hit and miss.  Given the infrequent nature of the service, it’s a discouragement to using that line.  Read how one cyclist was turned off a train.

And now cyclists are being encouraged to go to the Yorkshire Bicycle show  in Leeds for the Tour de France Grand Depart.  Great . . . but how do you get yourself and your bicycle there?  What’s even worse is that Northern Rail are discouraging cyclists from travelling with their bikes.  Are there no guard’s vans that they can dust down for the occasion?  Mind you, this is a train operating company that can put on a single-carriage train from Lancaster to Cartmel when the races are on.  I’ve never seen so many squashed hats in my life.

What’s the point in celebrating cycling if you have to drive to an event?

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About lancasterdynamo

Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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