READING TRAIN CHAOS AVERTED!

Alternative trains and NME car share scheme may solve potential travel nightmare at the Carling Weekend...

The READING train problems may well be over thanks to NME.COM.

Following our news story last week that revealed the usual Paddington to Reading rail route will be closed for track repairs on the August Bank Holiday Weekend, an alternative train company has stepped in to put on additional services to get festival-goers to the site.

South West Trains, who run trains to Reading from Waterloo Station, will double the number of trains that will be running over the festival period.

“Normally we run four carriages, but we will be doubling them to eight for the festival weekend,” a spokesperson for South West Trains told NME. “We are doing our best to make sure that everyone can get to the festival, but we would still advise people to leave extra time for their journey.”

Clare Bradley, Licensing Manager at Reading Borough Council, welcomed news that extra trains will be running, and urged people who normally use the Paddington line to go from Waterloo instead.

“There is going to be a good service from Waterloo, and we would encourage people to continue to travel by train,” she said. “The only way we could run into problems is if people panic and we end up with lots more people bringing their cars this year.”

“The track work could continue for up to three years – so it might well mean that the Paddington to Reading line is affected in years to come,” she added. “But with Mean Fiddler looking at lots of new ways to improve how people get to the site it could mean that access to the festival actually gets better in years to come.”

Future options could include park and ride schemes, and it may be that additional coaches will run from London. National Express is currently the main coach operator between London and Reading.

NME.COM is doing its bit for festival-goers by looking at ways to help readers get to the festival in the most hassle-free way possible – with maximum fun. We’re working on setting up an NME and NME.COM readers car-share scheme and some other special alternatives – watch this space.

Steve Hounsham, of transport lobby body Transport 2000, wholeheartedly endorsed proposals for car-sharing.

“I think the NME festival car share scheme is a great idea and we’d be happy to endorse it” he said. “It’s a good way to minimise the impact of festival traffic for those travelling and local people. Reducing the impact on the surrounding area is essential so that these events are allowed to continue in future.”

Keep reading NME and NME.COM for details of the car share scheme which will be announced shortly.