Reading Festival organisers issue travel advice amid train strike fears

Reading and Leeds will run this year from August 28-30

The organisers of Reading And Leeds Festivals have issued a statement regarding possible issues affecting travel to the Reading leg this year.

Reading And Leeds will take place next weekend, running simultaneously at Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park from August 28-30. Headliners for the 2015 event are Mumford and Sons, Metallica and The Libertines.

Planned strike action looks likely to affect First Great Western train services between Saturday August 29 through to and including Monday August 31, causing possible trouble for those traveling to and from the festival site.


However, organisers have updated ticket holders with travel advice should the strike go ahead as planned.

“It is estimated that 50 per cent of normal services operated by FGW will still operate and train services for Friday night/early hours of Saturday morning will largely be unaffected,” the statement reads.

“Services operated by South West trains (to places like Portsmouth, Southampton and London Waterloo) and Cross Country trains (Oxford, Birmingham and many northern cities) will still operate as normal, however this does mean that queuing times at the station will be longer than normal, particularly on Monday morning.”

“Please make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive and make your way through to your train. Tickets booked on FGW trains will be valid on these services when disruptions occur.”

For festival-goers who haven’t booked train tickets yet, the festival add: “National Express will be providing coaches to and from locations across the country, with tickets still available. What’s more, you’ll be dropped off and picked up right outside the festival site.”

Read the full statement here.


Other acts announced for this year’s festival include The Cribs, The Maccabees, Palma Violets, A$AP Ferg, Azealia Banks, Django Django, Everything Everything, Slaves, Frank Turner, Peace, Swim Deep, Twin Atlantic, Parquet Courts, Spector, Charli XCX and more.

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