On Saturday, Reading Football Club laid on FREE coach travel to Royals supporters who travelled to Bramall Lane to see Jaap Stam’s side take on the Blades. Now, with two home fixtures against Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to stress how many options are available to fans wanting to travel to a Madejski Stadium matchday in 2017-18!
With new and improved Park and Ride provision, in advance and on the day matchday parking availability, subsidised bus travel and the promise of improved bus lane access to the stadium, a shuttle bus service from the station and a new taxi rank at the stadium – as a club we’re trying to make the Madejski as accessible as possible and give our supporters as many varied travel options to choose from as we can.
|Parking Options 2017-18
|£4||FREE parking | £4 adult return bus ride||Mereoak (P&R) and Shinfield (P&R)|
|£5||FREE parking | £5 family return bus ride|
|£5 for 5 hours||Garrard Street in Reading Town Centre | Special Reading Football Club tariff||Reading Station + F1 Shuttle Bus Service|
|£8 for 8 hours|
|£10 pay on the day||Old Greyhound Stadium||Just 8 minutes walk to Madejski Stadium|
|£10 in advance only||On-site Madejski Stadium (purchase in person, online or via phone at the Ticket Office)||Madejski Stadium|
|£15 pay on the day||All on-site car parks||Madejski Stadium|
Reduced prices for ‘in advance’ matchday parking at the Madejski
Matchday travel and parking continues to be a topic close to the hearts of a number of loyal Royals, especially those who continue to drive to home games and have been affected by a price increase to on site parking in 2017-18.
And, as always, the club have listened closely to supporter concerns relating to the price of matchday parking on site this season – so, starting with this weekend’s home fixture against Middlesbrough, we are pleased to announce that matchday parking bought in advance is now priced at only £10 per match.
This season, the cost for the convenience of on-site parking had risen to £15 in line with an anticipated reduction in parking provision on the Madejski Stadium complex due to plans to begin development on the Royal Elm Park project.
However, the number of parking spaces at the stadium has not yet been reduced and is now not expected to be affected by Royal Elm Park developments before the end of the current campaign – so there will be ample provision for supporters wishing to drive to Reading’s home games and park in one of the club’s on-site car parks throughout 2017-18.
We would continue to urge all supporters, home and away, to purchase their parking in advance of the matchday to minimise traffic congestion around the stadium and on the complex before kick-off – and it is important to note that the price for purchasing a Madejski Stadium parking space on the day of the game will remain at £15, subject to availability.
So to get the best price for your matchday parking at Madejski Stadium and to guarantee a space, we advise all fans to pre-book their place at the ground at least three working days ahead of the fixture – this can be done via the Ticket Office in person or by phone on 0118 968 1313, or you can also reserve your matchday parking online via readingfcdirect.co.uk.
All your matchday parking options
Madejski Stadium is accessible. The traffic may often be heavy as kick-off approaches, especially considering roadworks have often impeded the surrounding approach roads in recent weeks – so we would certainly strongly encourage all supporters to leave plenty of time to safely make their journey to the Madejski.
However, it is important to stress that not once this season have any of the many car parking options explained above and open to both home and away fans on a matchday been used to their capacity! There are spaces available on site, in all the designated off-site parking locations and on the park and ride and bus routes!
The Old Greyhound Stadium (£10 per match, payable on the day) and Cordwallis (£10 per match, payable on the day) continue to have plenty of space to accommodate home and away fans for home fixtures!
And there are also a range of Park & Ride services from Amec Foster Wheeler and Mereoak – parking is FREE and return tickets are £4 per adult, £2 per child, or £5 for a group ticket for up to five people (max three adults) – and, for the first time this season, fans can also pre-book and park at the Garrard Street car park next to Reading Station click here (£5 for up to five hours or £8 for up to eight hours), and then use the F1 shuttle to reach Madejski Stadium.
All the information on the Off-Site parking availability and the Park & Ride options can be found on the relevant sections of the official website online.
And then there are the bus subsidies…
And don’t forget that bus travel to the stadium has been subsidised by the club once more for 2017-18.
As part of an ongoing partnership, Reading Buses and Reading Football Club announced some significant reductions and an extension of their offer for concessionary pass holders on the F1 shuttle on matchdays this season.
The F1 shuttle, which runs between Reading Station and the Madejski Stadium, is providing a fare drop of 50% for adults and a small reduction for 18 year olds and younger this season. All returns are £2 and concessionary pass holders will continue to benefit from a £1 return!
At the same time, the Reading FC also subsidised travel for concessionary pass holders on other football buses again this season. Concessionary pass holders can travel for just £1 each way on all F numbered services, including the F2 Park & Ride and Stagecoach Services.
A dedicated bus lane will soon be opened on the A33 – meaning quicker and more convenient journeys - and buses will also be given priority when leaving at the end of the match.
Back in August, Jake Osman - Marketing and Communications Manager for Reading Buses - said: “We are pleased to announce that we have had some extremely positive talks with Reading FC about how we can encourage more people to travel to home matches by bus.
“Reading Football Club is helping to subsidise travel on the F1 shuttles which run as a frequent service from Reading Station stop WS at the bottom of Station Hill.”
Last, but not least, the club have also introduced a new taxi rank at Madejski Stadium this season, situated in Northern Way for supporters to use after home matches.