Travel

New for 2014

Hills Meadow – Family / Friends Pick Up and Drop Off

Our family and friends pick up and drop off point has changed and is no longer at the green car park in Kings Meadow. We now have dedicated space in the Hills Meadow car park, which is just across the river. From here, it’s a very short walk for festival-goers to join the free shuttle boat service which will take them right to Green gate, straight into the heart of the action. It’ll also help those dropping them off… you’ll find it much easier to get out of this car park!

Shuttle Buses Route

The £1 special festival service that runs from the main Reading train station will now drop you off within the Rivermead Leisure Centre car park, even closer to the event than before!

Reading Main Train Station – Engineering Works

We are really pleased to announce that there are no engineering works currently planned on the Bank Holiday Monday 25th August! See below for other scheduled engineering works which may affect your journey, or on the special First Great Western website here: www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/August2014 You should endeavour to check your journey prior to travelling.

  • Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd August:

The railway line between Gloucester and Swindon will be closed to complete the essential works in re-doubling the line between Swindon and Kemble. A rail replacement bus service will operate between Gloucester and Swindon. Customers travelling from Cheltenham and Gloucester can use FGW and Cross Country trains to Bristol Parkway and change for FGW trains to Reading. Customers travelling from Stonehouse, Stroud and Kemble will need to catch the rail replacement bus and change at Swindon.

Train Services will run normally from Swindon, Chippenham and the North Cotswold line to Reading.

  • Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August

The railway line at Swindon will be closed for major signalling works except for a limited shuttle service from Gloucester. An extensive rail replacement bus service will link Chippenham and Swindon with Reading. Train services from Bristol and South Wales will be diverted via an alternative route with extended journey times.

No Pick Ups in White Car Park on Monday

Please note that any vehicles coming to pick up festival-goers from the festival site at the White car park will be turned away. There is a one way order in operation during this time to ensure the flow of traffic exiting the event is maintained and that the health and safety of drivers and residents are ensured. Please ensure if you have arranged to pick someone up, that they are going to Hills Meadow pick up point – accessible via the free shuttle boat outside of Green Gate and a quick walk (signed) across the bridge. 

How To Get To The Festival

Check all of the sub-sections here to help make a great plan to get here and back! We recommend trying out some of the more sustainable ‘green’ options to get here – we’re all doing our part to try and cut down on the emissions from the event, plus there are some awesome incentives for doing so!

 

If you do decide to drive and book a car parking pass, please ensure you follow the directions on the pass and not your Sat Nav. We’ve specially chosen the route so that you will avoid the traffic where possible and to minimise the impact on the local businesses and residents. It is much quicker to follow our directions – despite what the Sat Nav says!

 

Make sure if you are using public transport not to lose any of your tickets (such as pre-booked train tickets) and make sure you read the relevant sections to ensure you are aware of any additional queuing plans or special changes for the event. The more aware you are, the less surprises that could go wrong!

 

By Coach

Our exclusive coach travel partner National Express have been working with festivals and events for over 20 years to carry thousands of people all over the country - so they really are the experts! They will again be providing services from  key locations all over the UK direct to the Reading festival site. You are now able to purchase a travel and admission package from National Express.

Five top tips for taking the coach...

1. It's direct - you'll get dropped off and picked up from the festival red campsite.
2. You won't have to listen to the woman on the sat nav or try reading an upside down map whilst driving

3. You'll be tired - after a weekend of late nights it's going to be safer letting someone else do the driving.
4. The fun can begin as soon as you get on the coach - it will be full of your fellow festivalgoers.
5. It's greener - everyone on a coach instead of separate cars means less of an impact on the environment.

Booking coach travel to Reading Festival is easy

Click www.nationalexpress.com/reading
Call 08717 81 81 81 (calls cost 10p per minute)
 

Shuttle Buses

You can walk to Green and Red gate from Reading station which is approximately a 15-20 minute walk from the site, but if you prefer there is a shuttle bus, operated by Reading Buses which is much quicker and much easier when you’ve got loads of baggage!

The Reading shuttle bus stops inside the Rivermead Leisure Centre[98 service] and only costs £1.

Please visit the Reading Buses website for further information and their timetable: www.reading-buses.co.uk

Please note that Reading Station has been massively redeveloped and bus stops have moved

what's new for 2014

Festival shuttle goes closer to the festival site than ever before! 

Good news - we've made a few changes to festival shuttles this year which should make a huge difference to you! We're dropping you closer to the festival site than ever before. The drop off point is Rivermead Leisure Centre Car Park - only a 2 minute walk to the festival entrance!

Another bonus for this year is the Sainsbury's bus! This new idea will allow you to catch the number 98 between the festival site and Sainsbury's, Friar Street (Reading town centre) to stock up on food and drink in a quick, easy and cheap way! Forget about struggling with your heavy bags - hop on the bus for just £1! 

where to catch the festival bus from Reading Station

If you're arriving by train, follow the signs towards North exit and festival shuttles. When you're outside, head for stop ND. This will be easy to find as there will be lots of our friendly helpers showing you where to go! The shuttles will be numbered 98! Check out this handy town centre map if you want help finding Station North stop ND.

where to catch the festival bus for the Town Centre and Sainsbury's

If you need to stock up on food or just fancy going to town, head to Rivermead Car Park for the bus stop:

 - catch the 98 if you want to go back to North Interchange

 - hop on the 97 to get dropped right outside Sainsbury's (stop FH), the buses will continue to Station North after FH! 

Bus times from Central Reading to Reading Festival

Wednesday 20 August

Buses start at 9am and run every 10-20 minutes until 10.05pm

Thursday 21 August

Buses start at 6.30am and run frequently until 8.30pm, they will then run every 20 mins until 9.50pm.

Friday 22 August

Buses start at 6.30am and run up to every 10 mins until 8.30pm, then continue every 20 mins until 9.50pm.

Saturday 23 August

Buses start at 8.02am and run every 10 mins until 9.52pm.

Sunday 24 August

Buses start at 8.02am and run up to every 10 minutes until 10.40pm and then every 20 mins until 3.40am.

Monday 25 August 

The first bus leaves the festival bus stop at 4.15am and then at frequent intervals until 2pm.

Full timetables are coming soon.

fares

The festival shuttle costs just £1 each way! We've kept it low so you have more money to spend on all festival essentials, such as food and beer! It would be really helpful if you could have the exact change ready. If you don't have change, why not club together with your friends to pay as a group.

Full timetables available to view online www.reading-buses.co.uk

Directions

We recommend trying out some of the more sustainable ‘green’ options to get to the festival – we’re all doing our part to try and cut down on the emissions from the event and there are some awesome incentives for doing so!

If you do decide to drive and book a car parking pass, please ensure you follow the directions on the car pass and not your Sat Nav. We’ve specially chosen the route so that you will avoid the traffic where possible and to minimise the impact on the local businesses and residents. It is much quicker to follow our directions – despite what the Sat Nav says!

Make sure if you are using public transport not to lose any of your tickets (such as pre-booked train tickets) and make sure you read the relevant sections to ensure you are aware of any additional queuing plans or special changes for the event. The more aware you are, the less surprises that could go wrong!

Pick Up / Drop Off Point

Do not attempt to drop off or pick up anywhere near Richfield Avenue. Not only will you be moved on, but you will cause frustration to local residents. Imagine if someone parked in your drive way 500 times in one day? Not cool!

We have made a new dedicated pick up/drop off point which is located within in Hills Meadow  car park. You should follow our festival AA signs to this, where you can drop your friends/family off. From here they can get the free shuttle boat along the river to the nearest pedestrian gate. Easy peasy!

  • Private hire drop off/pick up is now on Cremyll Road, off Tessa Road.
  • Hackney Carriages/black cabs drop off/pick up is in Tessa Road.
  • Parents/friend drop off/pick up is at Hills Meadow.  NOT AT WHITE CAR PARK.

Garrard Street NCP car park, opposite Reading Train Station, is available for weekend parking. You can then use the shuttle bus that leaves from outside the train station, which costs just £1, and drops off just inside the Rivermead Leisure Centre. More information on this shuttle bus is available here: www.reading-buses.co.uk

Train Info + Trainline Works

Reading Station is a 15-20 minute walk from the festival site (or you can make use of the shuttle bus from just outside the station to Rivermead Leisure Centre for £1 each way). It is well served by major commuter lines to London as well as Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, etc. First Great Western have a dedicated page for any alterations and cancellations across August which you can check out HERE
 
Customers are advised to book their train tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. We also advise that you plan any journey you wish to make in advance. To check train times and scheduled rail works, please visit the National Rail website: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.

We recommend that you arrive at least 1.5 hours prior to your train’s departure – please ensure you include this within your transport plans and leave site on time to catch your train.

Reading has upgraded its train station and you're not going to recognise it! We’ll put more information here about the changes as soon as we have them. 

Private Coaches

The deadline to apply to park a private coach at Reading Festival will confirmed nearer the time of the event.

To apply to park a private coach, please email [email protected] with the following details:

- Your name
- Number of passengers
- Coach company
- Name of driver
- Date of arrival and departure

Please note all persons must have valid standard festival tickets.

It is free to bring a coach to Reading Festival. You will be sent further routing and gate information nearer the event via email. Private coaches should head to Rivermead Car Park.

Please do not bring any unauthorised coaches to the festival without prior notice and receiving information from us. You will not be permitted to park up.

By Road & Car Parking

You’ve had a great weekend, seen hundreds of bands, met new friends, got tonnes of photos – but you’re exhausted. You are always likely to get a lot less sleep on site than you would at home, so please ensure you have a good exit planned, with a sober and well rested driver by the time you come to leave.

Our peak exit times are between 8am and 1pm on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August. Please ensure that you plan and prepare for this. 

Do not let anyone drive that shouldn’t be as they are too tired, not yet sober, etc. It is just too risky. Coffee alone won’t do it. Please plan ahead and make sure you get home safely.

You’ll notice that we have loads of traffic signs directing you back to main routes which may differ from what your sat nav is telling you. Please don’t follow your sat nav!! Our routes are planned to ensure you avoid as much of the Reading town centre traffic, get home in decent time and avoid queuing. It also helps us to keep local businesses and residents happy, meaning we get to continue the event! If you use the routes we suggest, you will get home much quicker, we promise.

Please see our travel section for further information – directions are also provided on the back of our car park passes!

NOTE: Our car parks are located on grass fields, some with metal trakway approach roads and some parts have unmade road approaches that may not be suitable for all car suspensions. If you have any doubts about bring a very precious car, then maybe re-think your plans.
 

We have two car parks;

  • White car park, based in Mapledurham and very close to the White campsite, with a bar selling real ales and traders, showers and boutique camping. White is our quietest campsite.
  • Green car park, based in Kings Meadow. This is a short FREE shuttle boat journey away from Green gate, leading you to our campsites.

Both car parks have tickets sold in advance, for £5, which can be purchased through:

  • Seetickets
  • Ticketmaster
  • Ticketline

Spaces are limited and once they are sold out, we recommend you should try the Garrard Street NCP car park in Reading.

Car parks open as per the times of the campsites. Day ticket holders can only park in green car park and enter on the day their ticket states - the Arena will open from 10/11am.

See Tickets and Ticketmaster are set up so that people buying tickets from them will do the following (And if you have an option, we strongly recommend the below as it will save you the hassle of Reading town traffic):

• Any weekend vehicles coming from the M5, M4 Eastbound, M3, West/M40, North West/Birmingham etc should go to White car park (please see directions in our special section!)

• Any weekend vehicles coming from the East/North East/London/M1/M25 etc should go to Green car park
• All public campervans and caravans will go to White
• All day ticket holders will go to Green car park
• All disabled customers will be provided information on how to get to site in their information packs. Car passes and site maps will be issued on arrival at the Disabled Check in cabin.

Please ensure you follow the colour-coded AA signs to your car park.

Garrard Street NCP car park, opposite Reading Train Station, is available for weekend parking.

You can then use the shuttle bus that leaves from outside the train station, which is only £1 per single trip! It is now scheduled to stop inside Rivermead Leisure Centre, a very short walk from Red Gate, even closer than previous years. More information on this shuttle bus is available here: www.reading-buses.co.uk

Life’s a journey – share it!

Those travelling to Reading Festival with empty seats in their car can offer them to fellow festival goers to share the cost of the journey. See our BlaBlaCar Ridesharing page

Further Driving Information:
Frixo is a road traffic reporting site which provides users with live traffic information and gets updated every 3 minutes using various road sensors. For more information, please visit www.frixo.com

The Highways Agency displays the latest traffic information for your journey to Reading. For more information, please visit www.highways.gov.uk

BlaBlaCar Ridesharing

Driving to Reading Festival? Save money and time by Ridesharing with BlaBlaCar. Passengers contribute to your fuel costs and there’s a BlaBlaCar Priority Car Park.

What the fudge you say?

Well, simply offer your empty seats on BlaBlaCar to 1000s of other festival goers looking to share the journey (and its costs) with you! If you take three passengers, you’ve fully covered your journey’s costs!

It doesn’t stop there! You’ll also be guaranteed a spot in our exclusive BlaBlaCar Priority Car Park and be in for a chance to win our VIP backstage tickets.

Yet to work out how you are getting to Reading Festival? Simply find drivers already going. You’ll just contribute to their fuel costs and be dropped off right outside the main festival entrance. Typically, it’s at least 75% cheaper than trains… worth a look I think!

Car Parks In Reading Town

NCP car parks are offering a limited number of guaranteed car parking spaces for the Reading Festival in their NCP Garrard Street car park. The car park is located opposite the main Reading train station, from where you can then get a shuttle bus direct to the site, or walk the 15 mins to site.

There are only 500 car park spaces for festival-goers though and the festival rate is a reduced £25, for the entire festival (Thursday 21st August – Monday 25th August). There is no booking fee, but there is a £5 cancellation charge if you cancel within 7 days prior to the start of the booking. You can book by visiting this link.

Once you have your car park exit ticket, you will need to keep hold of this all weekend, so please keep it somewhere very safe, like the lockers available.

Please note once again there is limited availability and so please book soon to avoid disappointment and do not turn up on the day hoping to find a space here, or anywhere else, in the town centre.

Walking to the new shuttle bus stop from Garrard Street: Please note that due to the improvement works to Reading train station, the shuttle bus pick up point has moved. If you park at Garrard Street, you will have to exit the car park, walking towards the main entrance to the train station. Turning left, you are then able to take an underpass which will take you to the south side of the station, where the shuttle buses will be situated.

This arrangement is direct with NCP and we cannot take responsibility for any losses or damage.

Rail And Bus Plus Scheme

The PlusBus scheme is a helpful way to purchase your bus ticket at the same time as you buy your train ticket.

For more information, please visit: www.plusbus.info

Railair – Reading to Heathrow Bus Service

RailAir operate a direct Reading to London Heathrow bus service which uses Reading Train Station as a drop off and pick up point. This service is best when pre-booked, which can be done at www.railair.com

Please note this bus service does not stop at any other locations other than Reading and the London Heathrow Terminals. Please ensure you view their website for information on which terminal you need to alight at.

If you use the service, please follow signage to use the festival shuttle bus or to walk to the festival.

Kings Meadow / Green Gate Shuttle Boat Service

We’ve had a completely free shuttle boats for many years now which runs between our Green car park in Kings Meadow (and a very short walk from the public pick up and drop off in Hills Meadow) straight to and from the Green pedestrian gate. It only takes five minutes on the river, which gives you a chance to put your bags down for the duration and be taken right to the gate ready to queue and enter the event!

It is operational throughout the event, from when the campsites open until they close at 12 midday on Monday 25th. You may find that some of the services get busy with some queues – especially when everyone is heading down for the gate opening time. Please be patient.  Or if you would prefer, you can always walk the towpath to the site in 20 mins, which is as simple as just following the river.

On Wed, for Early bird holders only, the service runs from when the campsites open until 12 midnight.

On the Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun the service will run from 8am until 2am.

On Monday the service will run from 8am until 12 noon

Please note that there are unauthorised boats operating on the river that may charge you for the journey. We have absolutely no dealings with these boats and have concerns for the safety of any individuals on these boats. We would personally recommend that you do not use their services, but rather our completely free river boat shuttle service. 

Orange Gate

If you’ve not yet been wristbanded, then please don’t turn up at Orange gate! There  is no public first entry here – so ensure you’ve got your wristband sorted before you use it.

White Car Park Entry And Exit

Do you have a weekend white car park pass? Using your sat nav might be very tempting, but it can actually take you longer to physically get to site! We highly recommend following our directions when you get closer to the site – then before you know it, you’ll be parked up and pitching your tent!

If you are travelling from the M5 / M4– leave the M4 at Junction 12, joining the A4 towards Newbury. At the next roundabout, turn right onto the A340 towards Pangbourne. As you approach Pangbourne town centre, follow signs for A329 towards Oxford, where you will pass Pangbourne station on your left hand side. Follow the A329 where you will reach Winterbrook and turn right onto Nosworthy Way (A4130). At the end of this road you will want to turn right onto Port Way (A4074). Continue along the A4074 until you see the Pack Saddle Pub on your left – you will want to turn right at this junction and then follow the festival signs with white patches, which will direct you into the White car park.

If you are travelling from the M3– leave the M3 at Junction 6, joining Ringway East. Continue until you join Ringway North, following signs for the A340 to Theale. Turn right onto the Aldermaston Road (A340) and continue until you reach the Bath Road (A4). Turn right towards Theale, following signs for the A340. Turn left at the roundabout, joining the A340 towards Pangbourne. As you approach Pangbourne town centre, follow signs for A329 towards Oxford, where you will pass Pangbourne Station on your left hand side. Follow the A329 where you will reach Winterbrook and turn right onto Nosworthy Way (A4130). At the end of this road you will want to turn right onto Port Way (A4074). Continue along the A4074 until you see the Pack Saddle Pub on your left – you will want to turn right at this junction and then follow the festival signs with white patches, which will direct you into the White car park. 

 

If you are travelling from the M40 or A34 – continue to leave the M40 at Junction 9, continuing on the A34. Take the A4142, then the A4074. You’ll see the Pack Saddle Pub on your left – you will want to turn right at this junction and then follow the festival signs with white patches which will direct you to the White car park.

WANT TO AVOID THE TRAFFIC ON YOUR WAY HOME TOO?

Reading town can easily get grid locked on the Bank Holiday Monday, as most people leaving white car park needlessly drive through Reading to get to the main roads – usually directed by Sat Navs that work out the quickest way home by distance, not by traffic!

If you want to avoid that traffic and get home quicker, please follow the 3 white exit routes that we suggest. The mileage may be more but it will work out much, much quicker for you. Noone wants to sit in traffic on a Bank Holiday Monday!

If you are travelling towards the M3 or M4– you should turn LEFT out of White car park onto the A4074, turning left onto Nosworthy Way (A4130) then turning left again onto the A329 towards Pangbourne. As you enter Pangbourne, you will want to take the A340 towards Theale, then at the roundabout turn left onto the Bath Road (A4) to join the M4 at Junction 12, or you can continue on the A340 towards Basingstoke for the M3 (Joining at Junction 6).

If you are travelling towards the West / M40, North West/Birmingham, etc - You should also turn LEFT out of White car park onto the A4074 and follow the signs towards Oxford/your destination.

If you are travelling towards the M25 or M4 Eastbound – you should turn RIGHT out of white car park and follow the signs towards your destination

Remember – the peak exit time is 8am – 1pm on the Bank Holiday Monday 25th August.

Travel Impact

REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

We want to try and increase the number of people using public transport and sharing vehicles to reduce the carbon footprint of our festivals overall. Our shuttle buses from the train stations are really convenient. Leave your car at home and let the party start the moment you board the train!

Emissions: If you travel alone to the festival by car, you are emitting approximately TEN TIMES the amount of CO2 than if you travelled to the festival by bus and three and a half times as much as if you travelled by train.

Have empty seats in your car? Find passengers with BlaBlaCar Ridesharing who will contribute to your fuel costs and allow you to travel more greenly!

Figures for these calculations were taken From DEFRA July 2007 Report: Passenger Transport Emissions Factors.

Car Travel (average sized petrol car)

- 335 gram C02 per mile (1 passenger)

- 167.5 grams CO2 per passenger mile (2 passengers)

- 83.75 grams CO2 per passenger mile (4 passengers)

 

Train Travel (National Rail diesel trains – average passenger numbers per annum)

- 96.32 grams per passenger mile

Coach Travel (Annual average figures of coach types and carriageways)

- 32.88 grams CO2 per passenger mile.

Do I need to bring ID? Can I bring a photocopy?

You will also need to show ID to purchase alcohol. Rather than show it all weekend you can get an ‘Over 18 wristband’, onsite at the over 18’s wristband tent subject to ID approval.

Accepted forms of ID are:

  • Citizen Card
    Validate UK Card
    ProofGB
    Young Scot
    Full or Provisional photo card driving licence issued by the Driver and - Vehicle Licensing Authority
    Passport (with photo)
    Military photo ID card
  • PASS Card

Anyone 15 years or under will need a ticket holding adult to accompany them into the festival.  If you’re 16/17/18 (or lucky enough to look it) we recommend you bring ID along.

Children 12 years or under are admitted free with an adult – so if your child is/looks 12 plus please bring ID for them. 

Festival Map

Our awesome visitor friendly site map simply isn’t ready yet – standby and keep checking back on the website closer to the event for further updates and a downloadable copy.