The good news is Wessex Trains have drop charges for reserving a bike space, the bad news is they have banned non-folders from peak time services. From: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3702921.stm Bikes banned on peak-time trains Taking bicycles on trains during peak hours is to be banned by rail operator Wessex Trains. The company blames a sharp rise in passenger numbers for the ban, saying it has become problematic for them to compete for space with bikes. As a compromise Wessex has dropped charges for reserving cycle space during non-peak services. The order has been imposed on trains arriving in Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro. Wessex Trains Managing Director said: "Our peak services into the major towns and cities we serve have become very busy and we need to provide a balance for the benefit of all passengers." Peter Andrews, the director of Bristol-based Life Cycle said: "Getting bikes on trains has progressively become more difficult. "I can understand why they have imposed this ban when there are a lot of people standing, it's pushing it to expect a lot of bikes on the same train. "We would hope that newer trains, which could have flip-up seats, could solve this problem. We are trying to encourage the operators to think about doing this." The company will continue to allow folding bikes on trains. The ban runs between 0700 and 0900, then between 1600 and 1800.