The mini-series draws to a close with part five (links to parts one, two, three and four below) and a report from the upcoming Cycling Europe Podcast which will be published in its glorious entirety at the beginning of June. Trans Pennine Trains here in the north of England have just implemented a policy change which means that anyone wishing to travel on their network with a bicycle must reserve a place 24 hours in advance. Last week I arranged to meet Charlie French, the train company’s Transport Integration Manager and we had a chat beside one of the tannoys at Manchester’s Oxford Road station. The report kicks off, however, with me making my bicycle reservation – in line with the new policy – early the previous morning. Please note that I had only just crawled out of bed…
…in which I retell the story of my journey back, via public transport, from Bergen in the summer of 2015 after having cycled from Tarifa in Spain to Nordkapp in Norway.
…in which I review the conditions of carriage for bicycles on all of Britain’s train companies.
…in which I shared some of the views of those who had contacted me with their own experiences of travelling with a bicycle on land-based public transport in Europe.
…in which I review a report that has just been published (and in which I feature) called ‘The Great Train Comparison‘ comparing train companies across the continent for their level of provision to specific groups of travellers.