On the road to…Reading
The vagaries of the fixture computer often mean that there will be away games that are interesting, to places that I’ve not yet been, that I can’t get to because for reasons best known to the experts they are scheduled for a Tuesday evening. Such was the case with our last away game at Middlesbrough, and so that one will have to wait. As it is, the journey continues with a trip westwards to Reading.
Date: 10 December 2011
Stadium: Madejski Stadium
Away Section: South Stand
Score: Reading 3-0 West Ham United
Nearest station: Reading or Reading West
Local rozzers: Thames Valley Police
Total Travel Cost: £20.00p (1 x Off-Peak Day Return + 1 Station-Stadium Shuttle Return)
11:36 – New Cross to Canada Water (London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar)
Jubilee Line – Canada Water to Baker Street (1996 Stock)
Bakerloo Line – Baker Street to Paddington (1972 Stock)
12:45 – London Paddington to Reading (First Great Western InterCity 125 High Speed Train)
17:39 – Reading to London Waterloo (South West Trains Class 458 Juniper)
19:20 – London Waterloo East to New Cross (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)
Station to Stadium: Just like Coventry, the Madejski Stadium is on the outskirts of the town, close to the junction of a motorway, and, just like Coventry, the local bus operator, Reading Buses, runs a number of special services, of which one, the route 79, goes from the railway station to the stadium. However, several of the other routes that serve the stadium use the same bus stops, causing confusion and long queues to get away.
Anything else?: Reading station is one of a handful of major destinations to be served by trains from two different major termini in London, with the majority of services run by First Great Western from London Paddington, but also two trains an hour from London Waterloo.