Virgin Trains accept bikes, however you must reserve a space first.
You can book at the station ticket office at least 15 minutes before the train arrives, or over the phone [0344 556 5659, Option 1] at least 60 mins. before (as you have to wait for the system to update and then collect your reservations from a self-service machine).
You can book your ticket separate to reserving the bike space - but make sure you are very clear with the call centre that you CAN just reserve the bike space as they often are not sure of the procedure.
- There are only 4 standard spaces or 4 hanging spaces on any train.
- Spaces are always in the Quiet Coach, which is the last coach on the
train, usually the Northern end but always furthest from First Class.
- You MUST tell the platform guard you have a bike so he can open the door for you to get on (its sometimes requires a guards key to open, depending upon the train)
- You MUST tell the train manager on the train that you have a bike and which station you are getting off at, otherwise they won't come and open the door for you.
- The staff are usually very good and helpful.
London Midland accept trains for free with no booking required.
However, there is very little space for bikes and you have to use the area with fold-down seats reserved for wheelchairs, provided there are no wheelchairs on board. If that space is taken, then you have to stand with your bike in a doorway.
The wheelchair space is just too small for a roadbike, although it can fit on a diagonal, but an MTB fits nicely.
NOTE: Any LM train arriving into London Euston between 07:00 and 10:00 does NOT accept non-folding bikes, regardless as to the stations you are using. This is also true for trains starting at Euston between 16:00 and 19:00...although guards are more lenient the further out from London you are starting.
For example, if you get a train from MKC to LBZ (2 stops) at 06:45, you cannot take a bike on board because it reaching EUS at 07:45.